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Wednesday, 14 September 1949


Mr CALWELL - Unlike the honorable member for Balaclava, I do mean what I say. I have never let anybody be under any misunderstanding about what I have thought as Minister for Immigration concerning any matter. I sent a letter, a copy of which was given to a newspaper in Brisbane by a member of the Liberal party, because certain members of that party and of the Communist party are attempting to break down our White Australia policy and are using this particular case to make a breach in the traditional policy of this nation. The truth of the matter is that this lady did not tell the truth about herself when she came here. She described herself as a widow. Had she been a widow much more sympathetic consideration would have been given to her case than could be given when it was ascertained that she had a husband living in Hong Kong or somewhere else. Incidentally, I have a shrewd idea that her purpose in telling me that she was a widow was to get authority to stay here indefinitely and to make representations later to enable her husband to be brought here. If I had given her a promise that she could stay here indefinitely, then I would have been asked later on about her husband, whose whereabouts had only just been discovered '. We discovered that she bad1 a husband either in Hong Kong or somewhere else, and because she did not tell the truth we were a little careful about the way we handled her application - and I am still exercising care about the way I handle the case.







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