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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

1.   What was the total cost of the Australian Citizenship Convention held in January?

2.   On what basis are representatives selected?

3.   Are organisations asked to nominate persons, or are selections made by the Minister?

4.   Are invitations extended to members of State Parliaments? If so, on what basis?

5.   Are representatives invited from migrant communities?

Mr Snedden - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   In 1967-68 Budget, an amount of $32,600 was appropriated for the 1968 Australian Citizenship Convention. Accounting for the Convention is not yet fully completed but to date an amount of 922,333 has been expended. 2 and 3. Organisations interested in and actively working for the integration of migrants and which are nationally constituted, are invited by the Minister to nominate delegates. In addition, for the 1968 Convention certain individuals were invited on the basis of particular experience or activity in integration which would significantly contribute to or benefit from their participation in the Convention.

4.   Invitations are extended to Ministers for Immigration or the Minister responsible for Immigration in each State Parliament.

5.   In general, not as such: Each Good Neighbour Council's delegation is made up of Australian-born and migrant delegates. In 1968 non-British migrants represented approximately 37% of these delegations. Some former migrants attend in other specific capacities.

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