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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - I assure the honorable member that the Department's office in London goes to extreme lengths to provide prospective migrants with every item of information that would be valuable to them in deciding whether to migrate to Australia. Those items include information about housing, employment and shipping. I cannot say whether prospective migrants are told anything about national service, but I will make further inquiries as soon as possible into this matter. I will be surprised if the obligations of migrants under the national service training scheme have been overlooked. These people are British subjects. Special facilities are provided to enable them to come to Australia. I do not think any reasonable British subject would have the idea of coming to Australia and escaping obligations in relation to national service.

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