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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
Page: 1218

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

Will he outline the changes which have taken place in the criteria on which appeals by persons against their rejection for entry are determined.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

All cases are reviewed on a non-discriminatory basis, regardless of race or colour of skin or nationality.

Apart from sponsored dependent family members, for whom the only criteria are health and character, each case is assessed on review on the basis of: economic viability personal qualities which would enable them to fit into the Australian community medical fitness character, and their sincere intention of making a permanent home in Australia and becoming an Australian citizen.

The possession of qualifications or skills recognised in Australia which would meet a national or community need is also taken into account.

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