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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr HURFORDpresented from certain citizens of the Commonwealth a petition showing that the Immigration Department has refused to allow Ernest Mandel entry into this country; that it appears to be a consistent policy of the Immigration Department to refuse visas to prospective visitors whose views conflict with prevailing conventional wisdom; that your petitioners find objectionable the denial of the right of Australians to listen to, and argue with, a person who has had different experiences and holds different views to many people in this country; that the secrecy which surrounds the bureaucratic decisions of the Immigration Department makes these decisions neither amenable to democratic control nor even in any real sense available to these democratic controls; and that blanket, virtually meaningless, phrases like national security' arc no substitutes for reasons.

Your petitioners pray that the Mouse take action to encourage the Minister for Immigration to review the decision of his Department in this matter and permit Ernest Mandel to enter Australia.

Petition received and read.


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