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Tuesday, 5 June 1928

Mr MAKIN (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I draw the attention of the Prime Minister to the following cablegram, which appeared in the press within the last few days: -



Some mystification has been caused by Mr.

Bruce's announcement that an agreement has . been reached with Italy to limit her migrants to 3,000 for the next twelve months. The Director of the Foreign Office says that no such negotiations have been proceeding, and that no such agreement has been made. Italy was still restricting her emigration to Italian colonies or the Mediterranean. At present she was nut granting 250 visas a month for Australia, and then only when the employment of the migrant was assured.

I wish the right honorable gentleman to explain how he reconciles the statement by the Director of the Foreign Office at Rome with the following statement made by himself: -

After discussion with the Italian ConsulGeneral, 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.

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