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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2170

Mr CADMAN —I address my question to the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. As exit permits from Libya are usually only granted to pro-Gaddafi student activists, is the Minister aware that his Department issued 10 Libyans with overseas student entry visas last year? Is the Minister also aware that a Libyan student who studied at the University of Sydney, and whose name I can supply, threatened Australia as a target for terrorist activity? Have Libyan students in countries like the United Kingdom been linked to terrorist activities? Will the Minister give an assurance that none of the Libyan students in Australia are activists who support Colonel Gaddafi or who are involved in activities associated with his South Pacific power push?

Mr YOUNG —I am not aware-or I was not aware until the honourable member for Mitchell just said so-of the number of visas issued to students last year, but I assure the House that in giving visas for any controversial visitors the best advice is taken from all agencies and departments associated in giving that advice and from my colleagues who have the ministerial commissions in those departments. A collective decision is taken in the best interests of Australia.