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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr DOWNER (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - 1 think that the honorable member for Kingston knows that I think so well of him that, naturally, I would always remember things that he said to me. So I do remember what the honorable gentleman said a year ago in this respect. During my absence abroad, about a year ago, the Acting Prime Minister raised this question officially with the South Australian Government. Only lately, the South Australian Government has brought in, as I understand it, amending legislation to the South Australia Real Property Act the effect of which is to remove virtually all the disabilities upon immigrants in South Australia of the kind about which the honorable member has complained. By the removal of restrictions on European settlers this legislation achieves quite a considerable measure of uniformity throughout Australia. I think, Mr. Speaker, that the action of the South Australian Government should be welcomed by this House. Personally, I applaud it and I hope my honorable friend opposite does, too.

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