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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2376

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) - Senator Mulvihill raised 2 matters. He has not received a reply to question No. 2156 because the pressure of business in the Senate this morning was such that answers to questions on notice were dispensed with. If he does not mind, he will get his answer tomorrow in the formal manner. However, I can give him some information now. He asked how many people migrated to Australia from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in the first quarter of 1972 and the last 2 quarters of 1971. The figures for the first quarter of 1972 are not yet available. However I have the figures for the last 2 quarters of 1971. In the September 1971 quarter 363 people came from Northern Ireland, 38 came from the Republic of Ireland, and there were 341 from Ireland undefined. I can only interpret that to mean either Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic. In the December 1971 quarter, 422 came from Northern Ireland, 28 came from the Republic of Ireland and 374 came from Ireland undefined.

Turning now to the other matter he raised, I trust that he appreciates that the question of whether or not a person is allowed entry into Australia is one which has to be resolved by the Minister for Immigration (Dr Forbes). I would not like him to believe that the Minister for Immigration does not neek advice on issues about which he has some doubts or upon which he feels advice is prudent from other departments, including the AttorneyGeneral's Department, and officers for whom he is responsible. It is difficult to say in advance what the attitude of the Minister for Immigration would be. It would be imprudent of me to seek to commit him in any way. However I know that he looks at these matters carefully. He is aware, as we all are aware, of the problems within the Yugoslav community in Australia. Without seeking to apportion blame or responsibility, we know that we do not wish to create or add to the existing difficulties which might inflame the vendettas which had their origin in Yugoslavia in times past.

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