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Tuesday, 30 August 1960


Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has raised a whole complex of questions and I think, in order to put the matter quite straight and perhaps correct one or two small misconceptions that are revealed in his question, I should traverse the whole matter from the beginning. The immigration laws of the Territory are administered by the Territory Administration. The permits are issued by the Administrator. The policy which he applies is that any one who would be eligible to enter the Commonwealth of Australia is eligible-


Mr Ward - What are you reading from?


Mr HASLUCK - It should be satisfactory to the honorable member to know that I can read. The policy is that any one who would be eligible to enter the Commonwealth of Australia is eligible to enter the

Territory, subject to proof that the applicant has financial means or a guarantee of employment or accommodation in the Territory and is not disqualified on grounds of character or security-


Mr Ward - On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, I ask you whether any person outside this Parliament is permitted to answer a question by proxy. The question was asked of the Minister and it is quite obvious that he knows nothing about the subject and has had the answer prepared, and is reading it.







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