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Wednesday, 18 November 1936

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Referring to the reply to a question by

SenatorBrown on the 12th November, to the effect that 34 persons, including Mrs. Freer, had been excluded from Australia during the pastfive years, for failing to pass the dictation test, will the Minister state how many ofthosepersonscould have had charges made against them similar to those preferred agrainst Mrs. Freer ?

2.   Will the ease of Mrs. Freer be taken as a precedent?

3.   Will all known prospective home wreckers, male or female, civil or military, seeking to enter Australia, be excluded?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Ministerfor the Interior has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Each case which has arisen in connexion with which the dictation test has been imposed has presented features different from those in the case of Mrs. Freer. No previous case has been comparable in all respects with that of Mrs. Freer. 2 and 3. Any cases which may arise in the future will be carefully considered in thelight of the special circumstances attached toeach case.

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