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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3643


Mr BENNETT - My question is directed to the Minister for Immigration. Is it a fact that his Department is giving consideration to the deportation of Christopher Coles, a 19-year-old British citizen who was recently convicted and gaoled in Western Australia for disrupting a church service? Is this deportation based on Mr Coles' political beliefs? If the deportation is based in any way on Mr Coles' political beliefs will the Minister investigate the case with a view to allowing Mr Coles to remain in Australia if he so desires?


Dr FORBES - 1 have no personal knowledge of the case mentioned by the honourable gentleman. I will be glad to investigate it as he has asked. But I would make the general point that we are not in the habit of deporting people because of their political views.







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