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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Mr E RILEY (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Apropos of the statement of the Prime Minister that the influx of Italians has been restricted, has his attention been drawn to the arrival last week of another ship load of Italians, numbering 250? I should like to know whether the Prime Minister was misinformed when he made his former replies regarding the restriction of Italian migration to Australia, and if he will take steps to regulate the entry of Italians?

Mv. BRUCE. - I am quite sure that the honorable member did not intend to suggest that I have deliberately, tried to mislead the House.' There is a very definite restriction of the number of Italian immigrants coming to Australia this year, designed to maintain that proportion of British stock in our population that we all desire. The number of Italian migrants allowed into this country during the present year will be something less than half the number that arrived last year. After discussion with the Italian Consul-General and correspondence with his government, an arrangement has been come to with the utmost goodwill on the part of all concerned, and which has the co-operation of the Italian Government, limiting the number of Italian migrants to arrive in Australia during the present year to 3,000 for the whole twelve months. Practically only female relatives of Italians already resident in Australia will be permitted to come to Australia in that period, the only male Italians who may come in under the arrangement being the fathers or sons of those already resident here.

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