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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 416

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

(1)   Did his predecessor state in answer to question No. 3534 (Hansard, 28 May 1979, page 2495) that he had no information that would support the allegation that Mr Renzo di Piramo, who was granted Australian citizenship and an Australian passport on 6 August 1 976, had been sentenced by the Swiss Federal Court in absentia to 5 years imprisonment for bank frauds.

(2)   Did his predecessor state in a letter to me of 15 June 1979 that he had by then received information that Mr di Piramo was found guilty of fraud by the Court of Lugano and been sentenced on 27 February 1 979 to 5 years imprisonment.

(3)   Has Mr di Piramo since returned to Australia; if so, have inquiries been made or will they be made into his eligibility to use his passport for future absences from Australia.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Mr diPiramo returned to Australia on 21 September 1979. 1 am advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs that no inquiries have been made into the use by Mr di Piramo of his Australian passport for future absences overseas and that such inquiries would be considered only if requested by an appropriate authority, such as an Australian Court or Law Enforcement body.

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