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Sinclair called for resignation of Immigration Minister Hurford



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MEDIA RELEASE BY THE LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY, IAN SINCLAIR

National Party leader, Ian Sinclair, today called for the resignation of Immigration Minister Hurford following the mess

up over visas for three South African cricket officialsi

He said that if Mr Hurford had not been over-ridden by Foreign Minister Hayden, Australia itself would have been seen by the international community to have acted in a manner that 1 1 smacked

of apartheid".

"Hurford1s decision shows that the man is incapable of handling

his portfolio," Mr Sinclair said.

"To stop people coming here to defend themselves in our courts would be a fundamental breach of civil liberties.

"Our legal system should provide every person a fair hearing.

Hurford tried to stop that basic right. /

"Indeed, what he tried to do is as bad as what the South Africans

do themselves."

Mr Sinclair said that the move and counter-move again highlighted the gross inconsistencies with the Federal Government and its

Ministers.

"The Hawke mob we have in Canberra today is fast becoming the best 1 Claytons Government1 ever seen in Australia's history,"

he added.

SYDNEY 7 June 1985

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