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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1697

Dr Everingham asked the Prime Minis ter, upon notice:

(1)   Did he receive letters dated 3rd and 19th July, 1971 asking whether the Government had refused visas to East German and North Vietnamese sporting teams.

(2)   Were these letters acknowledged on 3rd August, 1971 with a statement that they were receiving consideration.

(3)   Were the questions raised in the letter still unanswered when the Minister for Immigration replied to my similar question without notice on 7th September, 1971 (Hansard, page 808).

(4)   When may Mr 1. Smillie of 3 Renniks Street, Sunnybank 4109 expect a reply.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2), (3) and (4) 1 received letters dated 3rd and 19th July, 1971 from Mr I. Smillie of Sunnybank, Queensland, concerning visits to Australia by sporting teams. These were acknowledged on 3rd August, 1971 and a reply has now been sent to Mr Smillie.

Repatriation System: Inquiry (Question No. 3763)

Mr Reynolds (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   When did be announce that an independent inquiry would be conducted into the Repatriation system.

(2)   Has the committee of inquiry "been appointed; if not, when will it be appointed.

(3)   What is, or will be, the composition of the committee.

(4)   What are the committee's terms of reference.

(5)   Will the inquiry be conducted in public.

Mr HOLTEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   27th May 1971.

(2)   , (3) and (4) I expect to make an announcement soon.

(5)   It is probable that some evidence will bo taken in public but this will depend to some degree on the terms of reference and the general framework of the inquiry.

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