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Thursday, 18 October 1956

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct to the Minister for Immigration a question which relates to a matter that 1 mentioned to him some time ago and that I know he has had under consideration, namely, the case of an immigrant suffering from Hansen's disease, which is known also as leprosy, who has been confined to the lazaret in Sydney, pending deportation. 1 ask the Minister whether some special consideration might be given to this case, to determine whether deportation may perhaps be avoided because, first, the man was not known to be suffering from any disease at the time he entered Australia, and it seems a little hard to add the deportation penalty to a disease which has undoubtedly had a most serious effect on his life; secondly, he has family responsibilities which must be taken into consideration; and, thirdly, it is, I think, desirable that immigrants to Australia should have, in their own minds, a feeling of security against deportation arising out of matters beyond their own control.

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