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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1283

Mr DOWNER (Angas) (Minister for Immigration) . - Mr. Temporary Chairman, copies of the amendment are available, and I have given instructions for them to be circulated.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 8 - (1.) Nothing in this Part applies in relation to the entry into Australia of an immigrant being -

Mr DOWNER (Angas) (Minister for Immigration) . - I move -

In clause 8, sub-clause (1.), omit " this Part ", insert " this Division ".

As I have already stated, this amendment is purely of a drafting nature. I regret to say that this correction was inadvertently omitted when the bill was first introduced to the Parliament. By way of explanation to the committee, I would say that clause 8 was designed, as honorable members will see, to exempt certain classes of persons from the need to secure entry permits on arrival as required generally by earlier provisions of the same division. The exempted classes are members of the armed forces of the Crown, diplomatic, consular and trade representatives of other countries and crews of vessels.

There was no intention that these persons should be completely exempted from all the deportation provisions of Division II. of the same part of the bill. The intention was that they should be exempted only from the threat of deportation based solely on the lack of an entry permit. The use of the word " division " in place of " part " in clause 8, sub-clause (1.) will avoid a danger that the persons exempted from entry permit requirements of Division I. will also be exempted from deportation under Division II. The proposal we put forward, Mr. Chairman, is self-evident, I believe. As I said earlier, it is purely of a drafting nature, and I am certain the bill will be improved if the committee consents to its inclusion.

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