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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Immigration whether his attention has been directed to the fact that last year about 38,000 immigrants left Australia for their place of origin, or for some other country. Is he aware that though Britons accounted for 41 per cent, of arrivals, they also accounted for 80 per cent, of departures? Has any attempt been made to establish the factors contributing to this high departure rate and, if so, are the principal reasons, first, the lack of suitable accommodation because of the housing crisis and, secondly, the chronic difficulty experienced by immigrants in obtaining suitable employment?

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