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Wednesday, 17 September 1958
Page: 1314

Mr CAIRNS (Yarra) .- I refer to clause 38, sub-clause (2.), which states -

Where an officer arrests a person in pursuance of this section, the officer shall forthwith inform the person arrested of the reason for the arrest,

This is the first occasion when, on proceedings of this sort being taken, the law will require that the person against whom action is being taken shall be informed of certain things. The second occasion is in clause 14 (3.) which provides that if the person against whom proceedings are to be taken seeks a hearing before a commissioner, then Che grounds upon which he is to be deported have to be made known to him. I should like the Minister to inform the committee whether it means that when the person is being arrested and given the reasons for arrest, he will be informed by the officer that he is a prohibited immigrant or whether the legislation will require the officer, at that stage, to tell him why he is a prohibited immigrant. That is to say, will it simply be a statement, " You are being arrested because you are a prohibited immigrant" or, "You are being arrested as a prohibited immigrant because you have committed certain offences " or for some other reason? At that stage, will he be given a statement of the grounds against him or will he be told merely that he is being arrested as a prohibited immigrant?

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