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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 3278


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice:

(1)   Did he publicly state at Sydney airport, in July 1973, that immigration inquiries at Australian Government offices in the United States of America were a record; if so, why.

(2)   Did he also state in San Francisco, in July 1973, that inquiries in the USA were running at 100.000 per annum because Australia's image had greatly improved under the Labor Government; if so, why.

(3)   Is it a fact that inquiries in the first half of 1973 were 27,302 compared with 52,458 in the first half of 1972.

(4)   If so, were his statements misleading, and will he make a public retraction to rectify the false impressions created both here and in the USA.


Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I stated that interest in migration to Australia had increased. I do not recall stating that immigration inquiries at Australian Government offices in the United States of America were a record.

(2)   I said in San Francisco that -

Americans liked Australia's new image as a sturdy independent country subservient to no one, marching to no one else's drum but seeking friendship as an equal with all others great and small.

Proof of the interest was to be found in the increased migration inquiries in the USA, now running at 100,000 a year.'

(3)   and (4) These figures represent inquiries from people assessed as genuinely interested in permanent settlement in Australia. Total inquiries are at a much higher level. The difference between the two figures quoted indicates the effect of the difficult employment situation which developed before the present Government took office.

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