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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 2529

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Immigration. In view of the decision to allow a Russian deserter to obtain political asylum in Australia, has the Minister considered the position of a number of Greek seamen on whose behalf a number of honourable members have made representations? Is he aware that these seamen are being or may have been deported back to Greece to what I, would think is an equally repressive regime? Will his Department consider whether these seamen also should be given the benefit of political as\'Iii m ? If not, will the Minister explain to the House in what way their position differs from that of the Russian seaman?

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - All requests by deserting seamen to be permitted to remain in Australia for residence are considered carefully on their merits. This happened in the case of the Russian seaman about whom the hon ourable member spoke. If the honourable gentleman gives me the details and the names of any other seamen of which he is aware 1 would be perfectly happy to consider such cases on their merits as well.

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