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Tuesday, 27 October 1970

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - There is no doubt that one of the major concerns felt by prospective migrants in considering the decision to migrate to Australia is that on settlement here they will be unable to return home in the event of illness or bereavement amongst their relatives in their homelands or in other types of emergencies. 1 am sure that at the present time this is one of the areas of disincentive in relation to migration to Australia. Because of this fact for some months now a home visit insurance scheme of the type mooted by the honourable gentleman has been under consideration by me and by officers of my Department. The scheme al this stage is subject to detailed investigation by the Chief Migration Officer in London who is in consultation in that part of the world with insurance companies concerning the costs and the practicability of implementing such a programme. I can say to the honourable gentleman that 1 see considerable merit in the programme, although its implications have yet to be fully assessed aud, of course, any move towards it would be a matter of Government policy.


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