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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator ANDERSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - My colleague the Minister for Immigration has been having discussions in the past few days with the Italian authorities in respect of future migration from that country. However it is yet too soon to give any adequate picture of the results of these discussions. As to the second part of the honorable senator's question, any changes in arrangements with the P. & O. line will not affect migration from Great Britain to Australia, lt is a fact that half of the total of British assisted migrants are currently brought by air to this country and this movement will continue through 1965-66. There have been recent negotiations with the P. & O. line and other shipping lines for the movement of British assisted migrants who will travel by sea from 1st July this year to 30th June 1966. Contracts have been secured for sufficient berths for this period. It has been arranged with the P. & O. line that it may offer berths from time to time to the Commonwealth which may be accepted if they are required.

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