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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answers -

1.   Turkish nationals can be considered for entry to Australia as unassisted migrants upon nomination by close relatives already in Australia who are able to guarantee accommodation for them. Individual applicants possessing special qualifications or experience which would enable them to make a significant contribution as migrants may be considered on their merits without sponsorship. In all cases, applicants are required to meet normal screening requirements relating to health, character and general suitability.

2.   Turkish nationals do not at present qualify under any existing assisted passage scheme.

3.   Exploratory inquiries were made recently into the possible availability in Turkey of migrants, especially of workers of the types urgently required in Australian industry. This examination, which is continuing, has not yet passed beyond the initial stages.

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