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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 2651

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) - I ask either the Minister for Immigration or the Minister for Foreign Affairs: Is it a fact that a man described as a businessman well known in Croatian circles in Melbourne was in Canada recently when his Australian passport was seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and he was issued with a document which allowed him only to return to Australia? Will he say why the Royal Canadian Mounted Police took this reported action? If the Minister is not aware of the objection, will he find out and inform the House of what it is? If he is aware of the objection, will he say whether his Government was aware of it when this man left Australia and, if so, why he was allowed to proceed on his journey with an Australian passport?

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - After Mr Rover left Australia, information became available to me that his role in the Croatian nationalist movement was such that it was not in Australia's international interests to have his travel facilitated by the Australian Government, that is, by bis possession of an Australian passport. In the circumstances, I exercised the powers available to me under section 8 of the Passports Act to have Mr Rover's passport cancelled and Mr Rover issued with a document of identity which would enable him to travel back to Australia.

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