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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 77

Question No. 34


Mr Rocher asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

(1) How many Libyan citizens are there in Australia.

(2) How many of these are (a) diplomatic personnel with diplomatic immunities, (b) employed by the Libyan Government or its agencies and without diplomatic immunity or (c) members of the families of employees.

(3) How many Libyans have been granted (a) Australian citizenship, (b) permanent residence and (c) visitors' visas.


Mr West —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Accurate figures are not available.

(2) (a) There are currently five diplomatic agents and one Administrative and Technical Officer engaged in Australia by the Libyan Government; all have diplomatic immunity.

(b) Accurate figures are not available.

(c) There are twenty two dependants of those personnel in 2 (a) above; all have diplomatic immunity.

(3) (a) From July 1977-March 1983 a total of 22 persons claiming Libyan citizenship were granted Australian citizenship.

(b) From July 1977-September 1982, three persons arrived in Australia for permanent residence who stated that their country of citizenship was Libya.

(c) From July 1977-September 1982, 64 visitors intending a stay longer than 12 months and 279 visitors intending a short term visit arrived in Australia and stated that their country of citizenship was Libya.