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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2057

Mr DOYLE (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for Immigration seen reports of the meeting of Australian and State Ministers for Immigration which was held in Brisbane last Friday? Are they correct in saying that the States favour a change in the present level of immigration? Was there any disagreement on this matter? Did anyone at that meeting suggest seceding?

Mr GRASSBY - I must say bluntly that no one suggested secession. As a matter of fact it was a most harmonious meeting of Commonwealth and State Ministers and there was a large measure of agreement on the matters before the meeting. Regarding one point raised by the honourable member, it is true that the Ministers and the representatives of all States present favoured some lifting of the program in the next financial year. That point was made by a'1 the Ministers and/or their representatives. The meeting was most useful and most harmonious. We reached agreement on many important points. The formula which will implement the new immigration policies was endorsed and will come into operation in all States. As a matter of fact the meeting brought forward some very useful suggestions from the States. These are now under examination by all Ministers. The final point I make is that the meeting was so useful that it was decided to hold a further conference of Australian Government and State Ministers for Immigration in November. Queensland nominated that the meeting be held in South Australia and the South Australian Premier was good enough to invite us there. We have accepted his invitation and we will convene again in November in Adelaide.

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