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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

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

In clause 39, sub-clause (3.), after "claims", insert ", within forty-eight hours after his arrest,".

I think honorable members will agree that this is a reasonable amendment and not an unduly limiting one. As it stands, this clause will enable a deportee to claim a hearing on the question of identity at any time of his choosing. For example, if he wished to be recalcitrant, just before the vessel on which he was appointed to depart was about to sail, he could make an application. In actual practice, this could mean that he would miss the ship and the department would either lose the opportunity to deport or else would be involved in considerable expense. I feel that it is reasonable, looking at the matter all in all, to expect an arrested person, if he does wish to dispute his identity with the person named in the deportation order, to do so as soon as he is arrested. To me, at any rate, that would be a very natural and humane reaction if he was genuine in his case. The proposed amendment would give him a 48 hours' margin in which to do this. I hope that honorable members will agree with me that this amendment is reasonable and will support it.

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