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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1160

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

1.   During the past five years, which Australian embassies facilitated the 'streamlined ' entry into Australia of persons in a manner similar to that accorded former United Nations' Control Commission officer in Viet-Nam and Hungarian national, Lieutenant Lajos Miko.

2.   How many such migrants were granted 'streamlined' entry into Australia, and what were their countries of origin.

3.   Have any requests for 'streamlined ' entry into Australia been denied; if so, what was the country oforigin of each applicant so denied.

Senator Willesee:The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

1.   Although in certain special circumstances, including those pertaining in the case of Mr Lajos Miko, steps are taken to expedite applications for migrant entry to Australia, the persons concerned are regarded and recorded as normal migrant applications. Thus, such cases are not subsequently identifiable within the records maintained by either the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of Labor and Immigration.

2.   and 3. It is therefore not possible to provide the honourable senator with details of the Australian overseas missions which have dealt with such cases, or the numbers and nationalities of the migrants involved.

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