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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 3276

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice:

How many assisted passage migrants have had their fares paid to their final destinations by the Government because they wished to settle in nonmetropolitan areas since 4 December 1972.

Mr Grassby (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

From 4 December 1972 to 31 August 1973, the latest date for which reliable figures are available, 1587 assisted passage migrants had their fares paid to final destinations in non-metropolitan areas by the Government.

All assisted passage migrants moving to nonmetropolitan areas are entitled to Government arranged transport but many are met at their arrival ports and airports by their sponsors and move privately.

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