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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1006

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How often have the resources of Good Neighbour Councils been used to circulate speeches by Members of the Commonwealth Parliament to Members of the Council in the past 2 years?

(2)   What were the names of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament whose speeches were circulated and is such a service reserved for Government members only; if so, how can Opposition members avail themselves of such channels of communication with the various Good Neighbour Councils,

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The Good Neighbour Councils, apart from certain administrative and financial controls exercised by the Department of Immigration, are independent bodies responsible through their executive committees for the conduct of their own affairs. Each Council is included in my Department's overall mailing list and therefore receives automatically copies of all Press releases issued by the Minister for Immigration or by the Department, including speeches by the Minister. The Councils themselves determine whether this material should have further distribution to reach their members at regional and district level with whom regular contact is maintained through periodical newsletters. The Councils from time to time include extracts from the releases received and less frequently the full text of a release. The content of the newsletters is not however confined only to releases received through the Department's mailing list; for example, they contain the text of speeches delivered by members of Parliament and others who are invited to attend Annual State Conferences, or in some cases Annual General Meetings of the Councils.

(2)   In the past 2 years 2 speeches by the Minister for Immigration at the time (the Hon. Phillip Lynch, M.P., and the Hon. Dr A. J. Forbes, M.P.) and a Press release by the Acting Minister (Senator the Hon. R. C. Cotton) were given further distribution by the Good Neighbour Councils of Queensland and South Australia. In the same period addresses delivered to Conferences by members of the Commonwealth Parliament subsequently were circulated in their newsletters by the Councils concerned.

The members whose speeches were circulated following addresses given by them to the Councils concerned were- Mr E. M. C. Fox, M.P., (Chairman of the Immigration Planning Council), Mr K. C. P. Enderby, M.H.R., (a member of the Opposition), the Hon. Phillip Lynch, M.P. and Senator G. S. Davidson (Chairman of the Immigration Advisory Council).

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