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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2314

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration: In view of the lack of jobs available for Australian graduates, as revealed by the number of applications for graduate employment recently refused by the Public Service, which is typical of the rest of the community, will the Minister say whether the Government intends to continue to allow overseas graduates access to Australia or can some more sensible restriction be applied to graduate immigration until the present Australian graduate surplus is employed?

Senator GREENWOOD - I say at the outset that I will refer this question to the Minister for Immigration to enable him to give a considered reply to the honourable senator. The question is such that it requires a considered reply. But I should also amplify what I have just said by indicating that the Minister for Immigration has made it clear in times past that the reduction of the immigration intake for this year is effected by taking account, among other things, of whether there will be employment opportunities for persons seeking to come into Australia having regard to the local demandsupply situation in this country. Of course, this is particularly significant in the area of graduate employment. Having said that much from my recollection of statements the Minister has made, I undertake to ensure that the question is conveyed to the Minister for him to consider.

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