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Tuesday, 12 May 1987
Page: 2974

Mr CADMAN —My question is addressed to the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Is it a fact that in his role as Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs contrary to the advice of his departmental office he accepted an invitation to officiate at the opening of the Sarajevo Restaurant Inn in Crown Street, Sydney, on the Thursday night before last? Is it a fact that his Department advised him that the premises were owned by Mr Abe Saffron and that the proprietor had had applications for a liquor vendor's licence refused twice by the New South Wales liquor licence tribunal? If the Minister was not aware of these factors and did not have personal knowledge of the proprietors of the premises to which he gave the importance of his office and, if he was not aware of those facts, why did he not make full inquiries and lend the name of his office to such an opening?

Mr YOUNG —I am particularly careful about invitations that I accept and I was on this occasion as well. There was a very large community of Yugoslav people at the opening of the Sarajevo Inn which I attended. As I understand it, they are going to make it their headquarters. I was in Sydney on other business as well and I accepted the invitation to do the official opening some weeks ago when it was issued to me. I have spent the past 100 days since I became Minister visiting dozens of communities all around Australia and I intend to continue to do this because they have great trust and faith in this Government and this Minister.