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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1286

Mr DOWNER (Angas) (Minister for Immigration) . - I shall occupy the time of the committee for only a moment to answer the queries raised by the honorable member for Port Adelaide (Mr. Thompson) and the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Clarey). The situation stated by the honorable member for Port Adelaide will remain unchanged. It is the practice to issue re-entry visas in cases of the kind mentioned, which are valid for a period of from six to eighteen months. Clause 9 does not affect the matter he raised.

The argument addressed by the honorable member for Bendigo is quite valid. I quoted the case of the Asian students only as an example because this is a matter which is uppermost in our minds at the present time. I assure the honorable member that the effect of the amendment will be confined not to the Asian students only but to the holder of any temporary entry permit such as the honorable member has in mind.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 10 and 11 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to. i".

Clause 1 2 (Aliens convicted of crimes).

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