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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer is: - 1 and 2. Under the joint Commonwealth and State immigration scheme, theStates declare to the Commonwealth the number of immigrants they require. The figures mentioned cover approximately the number of immigrants requisitioned for, by the States for this year. Every effort has been made by the Commonwealth to induce the States to increase their immigration activities; but as they have not done so, I must assume that they cannot, under existing circumstances, absorb larger numbers. It was these facts, amongst others, that the Prime Minister had in his mind at the time he spoke. The recent Premiers' Conference favorably considered proposals, which, it is hoped, will, before long, achieve satisfactory results. But he has stated that what he desired, and what the Commonwealth could absorb, was not less than 100,000 per annum.

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