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Wednesday, 12 October 1949

Mr HAMILTON (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister for Immigration been drawn to a report that John Brownlee, the well-known tenor, and his wife were barred by French authorities when they attempted to enter France on a new Australian passport, and that they were escorted back to their boat and returned to England the following day? It is a fact that every person who desires to enter Italy on a new Australian passport is obliged to pay 50s. Australian for a vise and extra passport photograph, whereas until the word " British " was deleted from the passport, such persons were admitted free to that country ? Is it a fact that whilst British people have no difficulty in entering Spain, Australians cannot obtain Spanish vises in London ? Will the Minister take appropriate action to end this humiliation of Australians?

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