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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 879

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr GRASSBY - Yes. In yesterday's Hansard, which 1 received a few minutes ago, the Minister for Immigration (Dr Forbes) misrepresented me. Referring to me he said:

Recently be made a statement about South American migrant girls, which on investigation proved to bc completely unfounded in every single particular.

That statement is untrue and misrepresents me. The matters I raised in this House were referred by the Minister for Immigration to the Director of Migration in Sydney. A conference was held with the girls concerned and representatives of the Good Neighbour Council and the Catholic Immigration Office. The girls' requests were supported. They are now being met. I wrote to the Minister and thanked him for the action of his officers. Either the Minister's memory is faulty or he misrepresented me quite deliberately.

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