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F R O M THE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSGTlOtf '’·'.*

EMBARGO TILL

The Minister for Immigration should take the m i g r a n t y ; .

community into his confidence and end speculation on deportations -* * j ' \ ,

once and for all, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition said in Λ*».·· , j

Melbourne tonight. *

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Mr. Lynch was speaking to more than 150 Italian migrants, part

of a crowd of 300 people at a dinner to support Mr. .Michael· Galli·^;: • - ; » ’ , t ' ‘ ’ · . .

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Mr. Lynch said Mr. Grassby first began talking of -'y

deportations in an attempt to heighten the hysteria surrounding '' ■

Senator Murthy's raid on ASI0= . ■ * >'0

The first figure he mentioned - on March 23 - w a s the(

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deportation of Upwards of 12■"undesirables".1 Six days'later*he.

was talking of the possibility of deporting 50 people*.·' L * • >,

"By April 4, the number of people under investigation 'forix ' ■ f't

■possible deportation had risen to 300, and a week later again Re '••L·. ,

announced that he was investigating no less than 41 5 people1. / ^ y ·

‘ "Mr. Grassby has still not announced what action· he/intends *:;·

to take. "

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Mr. Lynch said the Minister's statements had created a -sense

of real apprehension among a wide section of the A u s t r a l i a n -migrant' ·

community. ' ,: · ‘ · ' i-

He owed it to the migrant community to now state in * < · y

unequivocal terms his attitude to deportations, the number of.··, ’ f '/

people whose files h e m s examining, and how far back into their, r , ;

histories/ he was delving. . · / s

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