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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2376


Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I seek information from the Department of Immigration on 2 counts. The first relates to the statistical operations of the Department. I will give an example. On 9th May I placed on the notice paper question No. 2156. In it I sought statistics on immigration from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic for the first quarter of 1972. What I cannot understand is that this week there appeared in most of the major morning newspapers figures stemming from the Bureau of Census and Statistics for arrivals and departures up to March and a little beyond. I want to establish why I cannot have these statistics up to March - and I point out that now it is almost June. What is the link between the Bureau of Census and Statistics and the Department of Immigration? They both feed figures out to the people at large but who has priority and who gets the details first?

The second subject relates to a matter which is well known to the Attorney-General (Senator Greenwood) and myself. I refer to "The Review' for the period 27th May to 2nd June. I will gloss over the matter of Mr Srecko Rover and his passport. The point is that in "The Review' there was an article stating that Mr Ante Vucic, head of the Croatian

National Resistance movement in Germany, is due in Australia on a fund raising tour. We have had plenty of fireworks in the Senate in the last few days so I will be content to get an assurance from the Attorney-General who as he said the other days wears several hats, being the Attorney-General and the spokesman on immigration. The West German authorities were extremely vigilant when Mr Marincic went to West Germany and smartly sent him back. Can I have the assurance that we will be equally vigilant in Australia, or in our establishments in Bonn or elsewhere, to see that Mr Vucic does not come here to reopen old sores?







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