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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator BUTTFIELD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Immigration, relates to a report of a statement .that was made by Professor Spate of the Australian National University when speaking recently in New Zealand in which he said that Australia should have a quota system for Asian migration. Is it a fact that for many years the Canadian Government tried to make a quota system work but that it has abandoned that system as being impractical and unsuccessful? Is it a fact that the Canadian Government has now introduced a restrictive migration scheme very akin to our own? Also, is it a fact that under our scheme some 10,000 Asian people, apart from students, have already been brought to Australia to live? In order to prevent the giving of ill informed advice by Australian people when overseas, as a result of which they attract world wide publicity, will the Minister take up with the Acting Minister for Immigration the possibility of having printed a pamphlet or a booklet in which our restrictive immigration policy is briefly set out and inserting it in the passport of every Australian who goes overseas so that he may study it?

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