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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr CALWELL - The honorable member is dependent, as was the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) on a newspaper report for the facts, or supposed facts, upon which he has based his question. The truth of the matter to which he has referred is, briefly, this : Mr. Justice Simpson was appointed by the Government to inquire into the cases of a number of enemy aliens who were still being held in internment. He was asked to report to the Government as to which persons should be released for the purpose of remaining in residence in this country, and as to which persons should be repatriated to their homelands. The Government has decided to carry out Mr. Justice Simpson's recommendations in their entirety. Some persons are being held in internment pending repatriation; they will be repatriated as soon as shipping is available. If shipping is not available before the expiration of the National Security Act, special legislation will be enacted to enable me, as Minister for Immigration, to give effect to Mr. Justice Simpson's recommendations.

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