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Thursday, 5 April 1973
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Mr MULDER (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which I address to the Minister for Immigration, concerns the national population inquiry. Where are the public hearings of the national population inquiry to be held? Who can submit evidence? Has the inquiry been advertised? If so, where? Where can my constituents obtain further information about the inquiry?

Mr GRASSBY (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - The national population inquiry has been under way for more than a year. The target date for its completion is July of next year. As part of that inquiry public hearings will be held in all States, including some country areas. The advertisements inviting submissions from individuals and interested organisations have appeared in more than 20 newspapers. I think a total of 80 advertisements has been inserted so far. I suggest that the honourable member's constituents can make written submissions, either as individuals or as part of an organisation, to the national population inquiry in Canberra. Subsequent to that the inquiry staff, headed by Professor Borrie, will be in touch with them, if necessary, to invite their appearance before the open public inquiry. I might say that the inquiry to determine the size, structure and distribution of Australian population in the future and to recommend upon these subjects, will be open to the public and the Press.

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