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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 188

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 7 November1979:

(1   ) On a country of origin basis how many applications for entry to Australia relating to dependent infant children of persons living in Australia were rejected during (a) 1975, (b) 1976, (c) 1977, (d) 1978 and (e) 1979 to date.

(2)   In how may of the cases was the existence of the dependent child or children disclosed at the time of the application of the parent for entry to Australia.

(3   ) What were the chief grounds for rejection.

Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (2) and (3) No statistics are maintained by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs relating to such matters. Dependent infant children legally in the custody of persons holding resident status in Australia are refused entry for residence only under the most exceptional circumstances. The numbers of such children are believed to be small. Those excluded would largely be children whose existence was concealed by the parent or parents at the time of the entry of the latter.

There are occasional cases involving a child with a communicable disease likely to threaten Australian public health. Refusal in such cases is normally maintained only until the condition has been cured or brought within sufficient control to eliminate the threat to Australian public health.

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