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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2339

Mr Daly asked the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   What is the proposed intake of migrants from Great Britain for the year ending 30th June 1972.

(2)   Is it anticipated that this figure will be reached and does the rate of application at this date indicate an increase or decrease as compared with the previous year.

Mr Lynch - The Acting Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   The 1971-72 migration programme provides for the arrival of 47,500 assisted migrants from Britain under the United Kingdom/Australia Assisted Migration Agreement.

(2)   On present indications, sufficient suitable applicants will be available for the proposed assisted migrant intake from Britain.

Migrant applications for 108,191 . persons have been received during January-September 1971 as compared with 118,227 persons in the same period for 1970. The application rate during the first quarter of 1971 fell sharply during the postal strike in Britain but in the second and third quarters of 1971 it has been approximately 11 per cent above the rate for the corresponding quarters of 1970.

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