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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4555

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   With which countries other than Malta (Hansard, 22nd September 1970, page 1497, and 10th September 1971, page 1147) have discussions been held on a reciprocal social services agreement.

(2)   When were discussions first held with Malta and each other country.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Within the past five years there have been discussions relating to the possibility of reciprocity in social security with representatives of the countries listed below. The date on which these discussions were commenced is also shown:

July 1967 - Yugoslavia May 1967- Italy January 1968- Malta

May 1968 - Federal Republic of Germany March 1970- Turkey.

In day to day discussions with other countries on immigration matters it is not unusual for passing reference to be made to social security. In general, such references have arisen from a desire on the part of the countries concerned to keep in touch with changes in social security provisions.

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