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Thursday, 20 May 1926

Senator DUNCAN (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Markets and Migration, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that it has been found necessary to return to their own country a number of assisted immigrants who, on arrival in Australia, were found to be unsuitable?

2.   If so, what was the number so returned in the last three months, and in what way were thesepersons unsuitable, and who was responsible for their selection?

Senator Sir VICTOR WILSON - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Twelve assisted migrants were returned to Great Britain during the three months ended 19th May, 1926, owing to their having been found to be medically unsuitable for Australian conditions. They had all been medically examined before they left the United Kingdom, but it was subsequently discovered that they were suffering from medical disabilities, which might easily have escaped the notice of a medical officer, even with a very strict examination. They were passed by the Migration and Settlement Office, London, in the light of the medical evidence submitted by the examining doctors. I would point out that 9,535 assisted migrants arrived in Australia during the period in question, and that therefore the number returned represents a little more than 1 per 1,000, which I think is very satisfactory indeed.

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