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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator MULVIHILL - 1. direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration. When a foreign seaman is to be deported from. Australia for illegal entry and is subjected to a medical check, what becomes of his medical record? If the same seaman 'subsequently applies to return to Australia ' as a migrant are the previous medical 'records used or are fresh ones made?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - When a seaman deserts his ship and is arrested he is given a medical examination to determine whether he should be detained or whether he is fit and well enough to travel. I inform the honourable senator that the examination is a limited one and is purely for that purpose. It is by no means the equivalent of the thorough examination required for migration and could not be regarded as a substitute for it.

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