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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4784

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many applications have been accepted since June 1974 for nominations involving (a) spouses, (b) dependent children, (c) dependent parents and (d ) fiances.

(2)   How many applications have been received since June 1 974 but not yet accepted.

(3)   How many applications are expected to be received by June 1975.

(4)   How many of these applications are expected to be accepted by the end of June 1975.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that answers to the right honourable member's questions are not available in the exact form asked.

Nominations in favour of the relatives mentioned, which comprise nomination Category A, are lodged in Australia and, if found to be in order, are transmitted to the appropriate post overseas for the necessary examination and approval action. While details are available of the numbers by relationship involved in the nominations so sent overseas, the overseas post records do not differentiate between the various relationships within Category A or between nominations received for action before or after end-June 1974.

Having regard to these factors, I am informed that the answers to the right honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   In the period July to September 1974 nominations within Category A dispatched to overseas posts for action included: 848 spouses; 1,327 dependent children; 775 dependent parents and their children; 719 fiances, fiancees and their children.

(2)   (a) In the same period, with the exception of the United Kingdom, 2,564 nominees within Category A were approved for entry to Australia at overseas posts. In respect of the United Kingdom approvals by category are only available from September 1974, and in that month 138 nominees were approved within Category A; (b) As at 30 September 1974, a total of 6,050 nominees within Category A were under consideration at overseas posts.

(3)   Based on the trends evident to date, it is estimated that in the period July 1974 to June 1975 nominees within Category A included in nominations dispatched overseas are likely to total: 3,392 spouses; 5,308 dependent children; 3,100 dependent parents and their children; 2,876 nances, fiancees and their children.

Note: These figures do not include an unknown number of nominees of British citizenship, mainly from the United Kingdom, who will only be subject to the grant of a visa after 1 January 1975.

(4)   It is estimated that in 1974-75 in excess of 12,000 nominees within Category A will be approved and will arrive in Australia.

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