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Thursday, 20 May 1926

Senator ELLIOTT (through Senator Drake) (Brockman) asked the Minister for Markets and Migration, upon notice -

1.   Is the Minister aware that at the present time there are a number of ex-A.I.F. members in Great Britain who are desirous of returning to Australia?

2.   If so, will the Government give favorable consideration to the matter of enabling these men to come to Australia on the same terms usare extended to assisted immigrants from Great Britain?

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

1.   Yes.

2.   The Government decided, on the 19th April, 1020, that in special cases where ex- A.I.F. or Naval men who took their discharges in Great Britain, and have not been in Australia since the war, are desirous of returning to Australia, and can establish that they propose to reside in the Commonwealth permanently, the High Commissioner in London may approve of assisted passages being provided where such men are of the migrant standard, and are, in the opinion of the High Commissioner, "likely to make desirable citizens.

If the honorable senator requires further details, I shall be only too pleased to give them.

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