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Thursday, 20 May 1965

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

1.   The Employers Federation of Western Australia has discussed with the Minister for Immigration the possibility of recruitment of labour over seas to meet serious labour shortages under arrangements which could provide for the employer to pay the fares of the workers to Australia and to pay return fares if required upon completion of an agreed period of employment. The discussions envisaged the entry of workers who could be permitted to stay permanently if they wished.

2.   All non-British people seeking to enter Australia are required to undergo screening prescribed by the Department of Immigration before being granted visas. When a stay of under one year is involved, the full screening applicable to settlers is not always considered necessary but is required when the possibility is strong that permission to stay indefinitely may be sought and granted. Pending consideration of detailed proposals, it is not possible to be more specific. In any event, entry of overseas workers under arrangements of the kind envisaged would, of course, be authorized only where Australians with the qualifications required are not available and where it is clear that conditions of employment here will be in accordance with Australian rates of pay and conditions.

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