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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to recent statements made by the Reverend R. Fraser, the Church of England immigration chaplain in Sydney, that a Commonwealth Immigration Department pamphlet distributed overseas states that a four to five bedroom brick house can be rented in Australia for £1 10s. to £3 10s. per week, whereas he had recently assisted a desperate English migrant to secure the tenancy of a furnished garage at Narrabeen, New South Wales, at a rental of £1111s. per week.

2.   Is this pamphlet being circulated by his department?

3.   If so, who authorized it, and was it prepared and distributed with his knowledge and approval?

Mr Downer - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. Yes, my attention has been drawn to what appears to be a misquotation from a booklet which is not among the publications produced by the Department of Immigration to inform prospective migrants. For many years, the Department of Immigration has issued a wide range of Fact Pamphlets in several languages. They include a Fact pamphlet on housing which is freely available to potential migrants. I assure the honorable member for East Sydney that this Fact pamphlet issued by my department carefully paints an accurate picture of housing opportunities for migrants. I shall be happy to give him a copy.

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