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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3055

Mr Fox (HENTY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons have been deported from Australia since 2 December 1972.

(2)   To which countries have they been deported.

(3)   How long was each of these persons resident in Australia.

(4)   What was the (a) age and (b) sex of each deportee.

(5)   What dependent relatives did each of them leave behind in Australia.

(6)   What were the reasons for their deportation.

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

(1)   As at 30 April 1972 (the latest date to which statistics are available) 181 persons had been deported from Australia since the present Government came into power on 5 December 1972. The breakdown by nationality is shown in Table 'A' attached.

Note: The table of deportations effected, as provided in answer to Question 396 on 1 May 1973 (Hansard page 1545) incorrectly showed in the cases of Malaysians and Yugoslavs that four and eight respectively had been deported during the period 19 December 1972 to 31 March 1973. The deportee shown under Category 'A' as Malaysian was actually Chinese. In relation to the Yugoslavs, one person ordinarily resident in Western Australia was deported from New South Wales and incorrectly counted twice being included in the statistics of each of the two Branch offices of the Department of Immigration.

(2)   Each - of the deportees was returned to his former homeland with the exeption of one Yugoslav (deported to New Zealand where he was resident with his parents prior to entering Australia), and 35 ships' deserters for whom further seagoing employment was arranged by the responsible shipping companies. (3), (4) and (5) The detailed information sought is not at present available and could only be obtained by researching the individual case files. However Table 'B' shows within broad age groupings, the ages of the persons deported. The sex of each deportee is not recorded for statistical purposes because almost all deportees are males. Within the period in question less than five females would have been deported; two of whom are known to have been stewardesses ofl overseas vessels.

(6)   See Table 'A'.



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