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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1285

Mr THOMPSON (Port Adelaide) . - 1 should like the Minister for Immigration to consider the case of an immigrant from southern Europe who may wish to return, to, say, Italy or Malta for a. period. If he stays away for a certain period - I am not sure whether it is six months or twelve months at present - his entry permit expires and he finds it difficult to return to this country. He almost becomes another migrant. I do not know whether the bill is designed to meet that situation, or whether the Minister feels that the present position is satisfactory. I know that there are not many such cases, but those that do occur cause hardship and inconvenience to the immigrants concerned. I should like to know whether this bill will bring about any change in the present set-up.

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