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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . -In the brief time available to me, I have obtained some information in reply to Senator Ormonde. I am informed that the Department of Immigration maintains close co-operation with industries - and not only the organisation mentioned by Senator Ormonde - to attract special immigrants to Australia for industries where employment is assured for them. They get the benefit of assisted passages. I am unable to say definitely whether publicity is specifically directed to apprenticeships but I shall obtain the information for the honorable senator.

Senator Bransonraised a number of issues which will require a detailed answer from the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Opperman) and I will see that the honorable senator gets a reply. Briefly, no residential qualification is required in the case Senator Branson mentioned but the wife would be required to apply for naturalisation. She has to take the first step.

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