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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1193

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

Have certain applicants for migration to Australia been rejected and in some cases has a significant factor in rejection been the religious or quasi-religious views of the applicant.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Not all applicants for migration are approved for entry to Australia.

Applicants for migration to Australia are not required to state their religion and no provision is made in application forms for religious adherence to be recorded. Approved applicants for assisted passages from Britain and some other countries are given the opportunity to indicate their religion when movement arrangements are being made. It is made clear to them that they are not obliged to do so and that the information is required only to assist religious organisations in Australia to offer help to them after their arrivel. The information is not recorded statistically and no other use is made of it.

Unassisted migrants are not asked any questions about their religion. ft follows that the religious views of applicants for migration are not a factor in determining their eligibility.

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