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Wednesday, 14 November 1973

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

When a tourist in Australia wants to remain as an immigrant, is it mandatoryfor that person to return to his home country before he can be granted an immigrant visa?

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

On 1 September 1973, a new simplified system was introduced for the issue of tourist visas. On 3 1 July 1973, when officially announcing the new scheme and on 21 August 1973, in answer to a Question Without Notice (House of Representatives Hansard, page15), I clearly stated that applications to remain in Australia would not be accepted from persons who enter on tourist visas.

Consideration will be given to applications to remain from persons who came to Australia as tourists under the criteria existent before 1 September 1973. Each application will be looked at individually.

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