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The M in iste r fo r Im m ig ratio n m u st im m e d ia te ly c la rify h is

in ten tio n s in re la tio n to d e p o rta tio n s, the Deputy L e a d e r of the O p p o sitio n ,.

M r. L ynch, sa id today.

M r. L ynch sa id M r. G ra s s b y ’s actio n s to d ate had c re a te d a

r e a l s e n s e of a p p re h en sio n am ong m ig ra n ts , and p a rtic u la rly am ong th o se

who c am e to A u s tra lia fro m Y ugoslavia.

"it is a m a tte r fo r r e g r e t th a t b e c a u se of h is sta te m e n ts

c o n ce rn in g d e p o rta tio n s, M r. G ra s s b y h a s c a u se d f e a r in the m inds of

thousands of new s e t tl e r s , " he sa id .

"T h e se s ta te m e n ts - - f i r s t about the p o ssib le d e p o rta tio n of

50 m ig ra n ts , th en 300 and now m o re than 400 - - have d istu rb e d and divided

th e whole m ig ra n t com m unity. "

The D eputy O pposition L e a d e r, who is a ls o L ib e ra l P a rty

sp o k esm an on im m ig ra tio n , sa id th at if M r. G ra s s b y w as about to m ove

to d ep o rt m o re than 400 m ig ra n ts , then th a t w as a m a tte r fo r h is d eeisio n .

"it c e rta in ly does nothing to u nite th e m ig ra n t com m unity to

p re fa c e su ch a ctio n w ith th e s o r ts of h y s te r ic a l o u tb u rsts which have

c h a r a c te r is e d h is public co m m en ts sin c e S en ato r M urphy’s now

d is c re d ite d sta te m e n t to the S enate, 11 M r. L ynch sa id .

"M r. G ra s s b y sp e ak s glibly of 'th e fam ily of th e n a tio n ’.

Y et in a s h o rt p e rio d of tim e he h as divided and d is tu rb e d th e m ig ra n t

com m unity as n e v e r b e fo re .

"T his d istu rb a n c e is heightened by to d a y 's p r e s s r e p o r ts of

the execution in Y u g o slav ia of th re e people sa id to have fo rm e rly liv e d in

A u s tra lia . .

"it is a m a tte r of im p o rtan c e th a t th e P r im e M in iste r should

m ake an e a rly sta te m e n t c o n ce rn in g th e fa c ts behind th e s e r e p o r ts . "

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