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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 416

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 2 April 1980:

Further to his predecessor's answer to my question No. 4884 part (2) (Hansard, 22 November 1979, page 3500) has any decision been made following his Department's policy review of a variation of the rules relating to the issue of temporary entry visas to sportsmen and sportswomen to limit the numbers being admitted to Australia temporarily so that Australian residents of equal talent can be given opportunities to enter the higher level of sports.

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

By far the greatest number of temporary entry visas issued to overseas sportsmen and sportswomen during the past few years has been to soccer players. Following consultation between my Department and the Australian Soccer Federation, it was decided to limit the temporary entry of soccer players to clubs in the Phillips Soccer League and clubs in the premier division in each State, lt was also decided that no club could have more than four overseas players here temporarily at any one time. These new rules should provide greater opportunities for talented local players in the sport.

These rules are used as a broad guideline when applications are received from any sporting organisation wishing to bring overseas players to Australia temporarily under long term contract for comparable team events. My Department looks at each application closely and consults with relevant organisations to ensure that there is no undue closing off of opportunities for local talent before approval is given to issue a temporary entry visa.

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