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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - The honorable gentleman has asked a number of questions. It is not possible to answer them in detail now. I have explained on previous occasions that any Australian citizen who applies for a passport to enable him to visit other countries is given a passport unless there is some legal reason for refusing the request, such as failure to pay taxes or a debt. In addition, all Australians who propose to go overseas must obtain the permission of their wives or other persons who are dependent upon them before a passport can be issued. If those conditions are complied with, a. passport is issued. I can assure the honorable gentleman that the Australian Government is not providing any funds for Mr. Elliott. With regard to Mr. Elliott's entry into any other country, the practice has been that if a country makes a request that a passport be not issued to an individual to enable him to visit that country effect is given to the request. That has been done by India and some other Eastern countries. If, for any reason, a country does not desire to admit a person holding an Australian passport it is entitled to refuse to do so. That is a matter for that country to decide. I shall examine the matters to which the honorable gentleman has referred and answer them fully in a written reply.

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