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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1881

Senator WHEELDON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs a question relating to matters raised in an article written by Mr Frank Cranston appearing in this morning's Canberra Times. In the course of Mr Cranston's article, he refers to the case of Mr Le Duy Phuoc, a Vietnamese resident of Canberra. Apparently his case is typical of that of a number of other people in a similar situation. Apparently Mr Phuoc some five years ago was informed by the Australian Government that permission would be granted for him to bring his wife and children to Australia as immigrants, subject to a satisfactory health examination. Subsequently, owing to the attitude of the Vietnamese Government authorities in Saigon, it was impossible for a health examination to be made of members of Mr Phuoc's family and they have not been able to migrate to Australia in accordance with the rules set down by the Australian Government. In view of the fact that a permit to migrate to this country is granted to other people with some alacrity, including other people from Vietnam who have ' not gone through these channels, will the Government consider, as is suggested in Mr Cranston's article, the possibility of allowing people in instances such as this to enter Australia subject to their being in quarantine for some period after their arrival? I suggest to the Minister that it is extremely unfair that somebody who is prepared to go through channels in this way is being inhibited in bringing in his family because of his own insistence on carrying out the Australian Government's requirements.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle (VICTORIA) - I will refer to the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and, possibly, to the Minister for Health the matters raised. If there is a specific request in the question I will see that attention is given to it. I will also see what information can be given by the Ministers concerned as soon as possible.

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