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Female Cypriot Imigrants



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THE LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA' FEDERAL SECRETARIAT

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FROM MR. M. MACKELLAR, M.P.

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION

I am sure Australians will be horrified at the insensitive .

and insulting way the Minister for Immigration has treated

the question of young female Greek Cypriot refugees. His

attitude is disgraceful. To treat the matter lightheartedly

is in the very worst of taste. Mr. Cameron has exhibited veiled

contempt for the strong family and moral traditions of people

who have proved such worthwhile settlers in Australia.

The report, that 2,000 young girls and women will be brought

to Australia from Cyprus leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

It must be remembered that their ages range from 12 to 20.

Who will be responsible for the selection, the transport, the

accommodation, schooling, training and supervision of the girls?

I call on the Minister to provide those concerned with the

welfare of these unfortunate young people with a forthright and

detailed statement covering all aspects of the programme.

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October 15, 1974.

.SLACKALL & MACQUARIE STS., BARTON, A.C.T. GJP.O. BOX 13, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2606. TEL. 73 2564. TELEX AA 62630