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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3572

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs a question. He has been asked several questions during recent months about the entitlement of Lebanese refugees to come to Australia and the facilities for interviewing them overseas. On this last sitting day, therefore, I ask the Minister Has the Government decided to continue the broader entry criteria which he announced would be subject to review at the end of 1976? Has the Government decided to retain in Cyprus the task force, whose operation he announced last September would be reviewed at the end of 3 months? Has the Government yet decided to reinstate the migration team in Damascus? If the answer in any case is that the Government has not yet made a decision I ask: When does the Minister expect a decision?

Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs) - The Government has reviewed the arrangements with respect to Lebanese migration to Australia. I will be announcing the results of that review very shortly.

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