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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) . - I am familiar with what has been taking place overseas recently in relation to migration, having been in constant touch with the Leader of the Senate (Sir George Pearce). A great deal of care has been exercised in the selection of migrants. There is no evidence that it has not been. The percentage of migrants who have had to be repatriated or otherwise dealt with, is exceedingly small. It has been suggested that the Loudon office has not shown sufficient activity. Since Sir George Pearce has been overseas he has kept in close touch with the whole of our migration activities at Australia House, and has inspected a number of provincial centres. Following upon his investigations, Colonel Manning, from Western Australia, has been appointed Director of Migration. He is now travelling in the eastern States in order to familiarize himself, with the conditions existing there. Later he will proceed to London to take charge of the immigration work in England. Mr. Barnes is still associated with that work. The flow of migrants of the best type has not been stayed during the year, and we can look forward to even better migrants coming here in the future. The boy migration scheme, from which good results are expected, has been revived. Reference has been made to the advances made to migrants. Of the total amount advanced since 1921, 54.2 per cent. has been repaid; the sum of £4,500 has been written off, and 45.8 per cent. is still outstanding. Under the arrangement entered into with the British Government and the migrants, the money, in many cases, is not yet due. The amount repaid by the migrants to date is £13S,0.00. The Commonwealth need have no fear regarding the balance.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Departmentof the Treasury, £1.322,000, agreed to.

Home and Territories Department.

Proposed vote, £23,000.

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