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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr CURTIN (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Immigration aware that the Suez Canal will be open for traffic on Tuesday next? If so, will he arrange with the United Nations authorities now in Egypt for the establishment of a staging camp at Ismailia, and will he invite all British subjects in Egypt who wish to come to Australia to stay at the camp pending their evacuation? Is the honorable gentleman aware of the great concern felt by the relatives in Australia of many British subjects in Egypt who are suffering great indignities, cruelties, and losses at the hands of the Egyptian authorities? Is the Minister prepared to show the same degree of generosity and humanity towards British subjects in Egypt who are suffering the horrors of Nasser tyranny as was shown recently to Hungarian refugees from Russian tyranny?

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