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Monday, 13 September 1971
Page: 1156

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Immigration whether his attention has been drawn to the case of an American, Mr James O'Leary, his wife and 13 children, who entered Australia on a 2-day visitors' visa and who are now living on their broken-down boat which is moored in a Queensland swamp. Is it a fact that this family was ordered out of Honolulu by the Hawaiian Government and has refused repatriation back to the United States? Furthermore, as Mr O'Leary and his family now appear to be illegal immigrants will the Minister state the full facts of the case and what action, if any, is being taken by his Department in relation to this remarkable one-man unassisted mass migration programme?

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - My Department has investigated this question. At the present moment any further decision is held up because of 2 matters currently under consideration by the American authorities. The first is in relation to the willingness of die United States authorities to repatriate the family and the second is in relation to whether it is correct that the American authorities paid the fares of the family to come here. So far we have not received a reply from the American authorities. Until such time as we do, I will not bs able to make a final decision as to what we are going to do about the case.

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