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Wednesday, 17 September 1958
Page: 1312

Mr J R FRASER .- I should be glad if the Minister would explain some of the matters in relation to clause 19; about which I have some' doubts. The clause states -

Where the Minister makes- or has. made an order for the deportation- of a person, the Minister may,, in. his discretion, at the. request of the wife of that person, order the deportation of the wife, or of the wife and a dependent child or children, of that person.

The first inquiry I have is this: Why was the term " wife " used and not " spouse " as T assume that a deportee could be either male or female - a husband or- wife? I should also like to ask the Minister whether it is possible, under the clause as it is worded, for the. Minister to. order the deportation of dependent children without also deporting the wife. Occasions may arise on which a father might be- deemed' most entitled to have custody of the children, and the wife might desire to remain in this country. So far as I can see. the clause as worded means that the Minister can deport only the person and his wife, or the person and his wife and the dependent child or children. I should like the Minister to explain that to me. Also, what is the position of a proposed deportee who is married to an Australian citizen, where the wife seeks to be deported? Does the Commonwealth have the power to deport in those circumstances or would it be merely a matter; in that case, of paying the fare?

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