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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2653

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

What payments have been made by the Department of Immigration to (a) Qantas; (b) other airlines and (c) shipping companies for the transport of migrants to Australia in each of the last five years.

Mr Lynch - The Acting Minister lor Immigration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   Assisted passage migrants accepted under bilateral schemes or arrangements with countries of emigration travel to Australia on transport provided by the Commonwealth or by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM). Assisted migrants approved under the unilaterally administered Special Passage Assistance Programme (SPAP) can either travel on Government arranged transport or make their own travel arrangements.

(2)   Payments made for migrants travelling on transport arranged by the Commonwealth:


(3)   Payments made by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration on behalf of the Commonwealth Government for the transport of assisted migrants:

Payments by ICEM to airlines for assisted passage movements to Australia are not recorded separately. Therefore, the above figures have been calculated by dissecting the total cost of air transport to Australia in proportion to the number of persons who travelled as assisted and unassisted migrants.

(4)   No figures are available to show the amounts paid to various airlines and shipping companies by migrants who arranged their own travel to Australia under the Special Passage Assistance Programme.

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