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Thursday, 22 July 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) . - It has been said over and over again in this chamber, and, therefore, all honorable senators must be aware of it, that all migrants brought to Australia through the agency of the Commonwealth are brought at the request of the States. A great many of them are nominated immigrants. None of them are brought to Australia by the Commonwealth except at the request of the States, and it is the responsibility of the States to see that al] immigrants are placed on the land or provided with employment in other avenues.

Senator Needham - The Commonwealth is bearing a portion of the cost.

Senator CRAWFORD - The Commonwealth is providing one half of the passage money. Migrants are brought to Australia only at the request of the States, which apply for migrants of different types and accept the responsibility of placing them on arrival.

Senator Findley - Are boys under twelve accompanied by their parents?

Senator CRAWFORD - Tes, and also some over that age. Various organizations deal with boy and girl migrants on their arrival.

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