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Thursday, 10 March 1977
Page: 77

Mr SAINSBURY (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Is the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs aware of newspaper reports recently that his Department is considering recommending an increase in immigration to Australia from 70 000 to 100 000 next year? Would such an increase lead to an increase in demand for goods and services in the Austraiian economy?

Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs) - Yes, I am aware of newspaper reports to the effect that my Department is suggesting an increase in the immigration intake to 100 000 in the next year. There is no truth in the reports. At this stage the Department is working on its forward estimates. These, of course, will be discussed with other relevant departments and with the Australian Population and Immigration Council before a submission is put to Cabinet. I will not anticipate what the intake involved will be or what the Cabinet response will be.

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