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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1955

Senator McMANUS - My question, which is asked of the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration is: Where the passport of an Australian citizen travelling abroad has been cancelled, has that Australian citizen the right to see the allegations which have been made about him? Has he the right to submit material in rebuttal of those allegations? If so, to whom should he apply?

Senator GREENWOOD - In fairness to the honourable senator I think that I should ask him to put his question on the notice paper so that a full and correct reply can be given. He will appreciate that there are aspects in the question which turn upon legal considerations which I would prefer not to give - quite apart from any consideration of the Standing Orders - without some reference to the exact position. Generally the position is that the Minister has a discretion which is vested in him under, I think, section 8 of the Passports Act. 1 think that is the only section which deals with this general power that he exercises.

Senator McManus - I think the Minister will agree that apart from the particular case the question of civil liberty applies here?

Senator GREENWOOD - I think that the whole matter should be put on notice so that I can arrange for the Minister to supply a considered answer.

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