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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE' MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION.

THE HON. HUBERT OPPERMAN, M . P . '

The ' M i n i s t e r f o r I m m i g r a t i o n , Mr. Opperman., s a i d

t o d a y t h a t M a l t e s e m i g r a n t s h a d f o r many y e a r s b e e n r e q u i r e d t o

p r o d u c e a u t h o r i t y t o r e - e n t e r A u s t r a l i a b e f o r e t h e y c o u l d b o o k

p a s s a g e s b a c k t o t h i s c o u n t r y a f t e r v i s i t s a b r o a d .

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r e t u r n i n g h e r o u n d e r t h e s e e a r l i e r a r r a n g e m e n t s , e s p e c i a l l y

i f t h e y o v e r l o o k e d a p p l y i n g f o r r e - e n t r y a u t h o r i t y b e f o r e

t a k i n g t r i p s o v e r s e a s , he s a i d .

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f r o m n o w o n t o book p a s s a g e s by s e a o r a i r b a c k t o A u s t r a l i a

w i t h o u t h a v i n g t o p r o d u c e s p e c i f i c a u t h o r i t y f o r r e - e n t r y to·

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. S h o u l d t h e y w i s h t o g e t s p e c i f i c r e - e n t r y e n d o r s e ­

m e n t s i n t h e i r p a s s p o r t s t h e s e woul d be a v a i l a b l e f r o m a n y

o f f i c e o f t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f I m m i g r a t i o n i n A u s t r a l i a o r a n y

A u s t r a l i a n o v e r s e a s p o s t . ,

Mr. Opperman s a i d t h e new a r r a n g e m e n t s f o l l o w e d

f r i e n d l y d i s c u s s i o n s w i t h t h e P r i m e M i n i s t e r o f M a l t a ,

D r . G i o r g i o B o r g O l i v i e r , and t h e M a l t e s e H i g h C o m m i s s i o n e r i n

A u s t r a l i a , D r . A. A. P u l l i c i n o , and woul d t a k e e f f e c t

i m m e d i a t e l y .

D e p a r t m e n t o f I m m i g r a t i o n ,

CANBERRA. A . C . T .

November 11, 1966