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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1537


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Will he list all inquiries and research projects undertaken by (a) bis Department and (b) authorisation of bis Department since 1966.

(2)   For each completed inquiry and research project what was the date of (a) commencement and (b) completion.

(3)   For those inquiries and research projects yet to be completed what is the estimated date of completion for each one.


Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3)-

(a)   Since 1966 the following study has been undertaken by my Department:

Cross Sectional Study of Migrants in cooperation with the Bureau of Census and Statistics - designed to provide information of migrant experiences to be used as an aid to forward planning: Commenced July 1970; to be completed late 1974.

(b)   The following studies have been authorised by my Department since 1966:

(i)   Report by the Immigration Advisory Council Committee on Social Patterns - 'The Departure of Settlers from Australia': Commenced May 1966; completed October 1967.

(ii)   Australia's Immigration Programme 1968-1973 (Immigration Planning Council): Commenced November 1966; completed June 1968.

(iii)   Report by the Immigration Advisory Council Committee on Migrant Youth - 'Migrant Youth in the Australian Community': Commenced March 1970; completed February 1971.

(iv)   Second Report by the Immigration Advisory Council Committee on Social Patterns - 'The Departure of Settlers from Australia': Commenced October 1971; to be completed July 1973.

(v)   Australian Population Studies - directed by Professor W. D. Borrie of the Australian National University and aimed at establishing desirable population levels and the desirable distribution of that population at various points up to the end of this century: Commenced July 1970; to be completed June 1974.

(vi)   Cost Benefit Analysis- directed by Associate Professor J. R. Wilson of Sydney University and aimed at analysing the effect which immigration has on the Australian economy: Com- menced July 1970; to be completed by mid- 1974.

(vii)   In 1969, the Department earmarked $50,000 towards the budget totalling $135,000 (1972) of the Migration Project of the Academy of Social Sciences. As a result the Academy was able to authorise:

(a)   Mrs MoiraSalter's (Australian National University) 'Survey of Professional Immigrant Manpower': Commenced 1969; to be completed 1973,

(b)   Mr J. J.Quilkey's (Latrobe University) Immigrants in the Automobile Industry': Commenced 1970; to be completed 1973.

The above represent the more significant inquiries and research projects undertaken since 1966. Obviously there have been numerous studies and reports made by the Department in its day to day administration which I have not included in this answer.







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