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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr CLARK (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - What action has been taken by the Department of the Interior to provide a check on immigrants to ensure that they do not obtain employment at the expense of Australian citizens ?

Mr McEWEN - Before any migrant, either an assisted British migrant or an alien, comes to this country, it is necessary for him to give full particulars of the employment in which he proposes to engage, or of the vocation which he proposes to follow. On being satisfied that the information given is founded upon fact, the department issues a permit to an alien, or assistance for his passage to a Britisher. It is not possible for the Commonwealth Government, without legislative authority, to compel the registration of aliens in order that a close check can be kept on their movements, but it has been intimated that legislation will be introduced into this Parliament to provide for the registration of aliens.

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