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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
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Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Since 5 December 1972, how many persons have been deported from Australia.

(2)   To what countries were the persons deponed and how many were deported to each country.

(3)   Under what sections of the Migration Act were such deportations made.

(4)   How many persons were deported under sections 12, 13 and 14 of the Act.

(5)   If persons were deported under section 12 of the Act, for what crimes or offences there set out were they deported.

(6)   If persons were deponed under section 13 of the Act, for what crimes or offences there set out were they deponed.

(7)   If persons were deponed under section 14 of the Act, on what grounds was such deportation ordered.

(8)   Who is currently the Commissioner under section 14(5) of the Act.

(9)   Was the ground of any such deportation considered by the Commissioner.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   348 persons were deponed between S December 1972 and 30 September 1973. The attached table sets out their nationalities and the relevant sections of the Migration Act.

(2)   Each deportee was returned to his former homeland with the exception of one Yugoslav (deported to New Zealand where he was resident with his parents prior to entering Australia) and those ship deserters for whom further seagoing employment was arranged by the responsible shipping companies.

(3)   Please see the attached table.

(4)   Section 12-14. Section 13-109. Section 14-nil.

(5)   It would not be possible to provide detailed information without researching the case files. Those persons deponed pursuant to section 12 would have been convicted of crimes for which they were sentenced to imprisonment for one year or longer. A relative few were sentenced to imprisonment for crimes of violence.

(6)   See 5 above. All persons were deported pursuant to section 13(a) as a consequence of offences committed within five years of entry and punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer. No deportations were effected pursuant to sections 13(b) or 13(c).

(7)   No person was deponed pursuant to section 14.

(8)   Since the commencement of the Migration Act, 1 958- 1 973, the following Commissioners have been appointed.

The Honourable Fred Russel Beauchamp Martin, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria;

The Honourable Sir Edward James Ranembe Morgan, a former Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court

Mr FrancisTheodore Page Burt, Q.C., (now a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia);

The Honourable Justice Charles Augustine Sweeney, a Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court; and

The Honourable Sir John Armstrong Spicer, Chief Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court.

(9)   No. See 7 above.

 

 







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