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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 2362

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Immi gration, upon notice:

What payments did his Department make to (a) Qantas, (b) other airlines; and (c) shipping companies for the transport of migrants to Australia in 1971-72 (Hansard, 27th October 1971, page 2653).

Dr Forbes (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following information relates to calendar year 1971:

(1)   Assisted passage migrants accepted under bilateral schemes or arrangements with countries of emigration travel to Australia on transport provided by the Commonwealth or by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM). Assisted migrants approved under the unilaterally administered Special Passage Assistance Programme (SPAP) can either travel on Government arranged transport or make their own travel arrangements.

(2)   Payments made for migrants travelling on transport arranged by the Commonwealth:


(3)   Payments made by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration on behalf of the Commonwealth Government for the transport of assisted migrants:


(4)   No figures are available to show the amounts paid to various airlines and shipping companies by migrants who arranged their own travel to Australia under the Special Passage Assistance Programme.

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