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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1544

Mr McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How many, persons have received Australian citizenship since election of the present Government.

(2)   How many of these persons were denied citizenship by the former Government.

(3)   Of those formerly denied citizenship, how many had been convicted of offences against State or Federal laws.

(4)   How many (a) naturalised citizens and (b) persons who are not naturalised are being considered for deportation.

(5)   How many (a) naturalised citizens and (b) persons who are not naturalised have been deported on his authority.

(6)   What is the country of origin of each of these persons.

(7)   Which countries have received or will be receiving the deportees.

(8)   Which Commonwealth Act provides the authority.

(9)   Is any person to be or being deported solely because of his political beliefs; if so, what are these beliefs.

(10)   If not, can he provide a short summary of each person's record upon which the decision has been based.

(11)   Has any other Minister power to authorise deportations.

(12)   If so, which Minister and what is the authority.

(13)   Has any person been deported, or is under consideration to be deported under any other Act or on the authority of any, other Minister.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   10,312 persons.

(2)   Five.

(3)   Nil.

Note: The information in answer to (1), (2) and (3) shows the position at 28th February 1973; February being the latest month for which definitive figures are available.

(4)   (a) and (5) (a) Naturalised citizens are not subject to the deportation provisions of the Migration Act.

(4)   (b) Statistics are not kept pertaining to persons under consideration for deportation pursuant to the provisions of the Migration Act 1958-1966. At any given time there is always a considerable number of persons technically liable for deportation as a consequence of crimes committed, illegal entry or unauthorised stay, whose cases are under examination. Of the total number of cases examined, in the final analysis only a relatively small number of persons admitted for settlement become subject to deportation proceedings.

(5)   (b) As at 31st March 1973 125 persons had been deported from Australia on my authority since I became Minister for Immigration on 19th December 1972. The following table shows the nationality of the deportees, and grounds for deportation:


(6)   Deportees are not recorded on the basis of their countries of origin. However, probably without exception, the nationalities shown in the table in answer to part 5 of the question will denote correctly the countries of origin.

(7)   Each of the deportees was returned to his former homeland with the exception of one Yugoslav (deported to New Zealand where he was resident with his parents prior to entering Australia); and 29 ship deserters for whom further sea-going employment was arranged by, the responsible shipping companies.

(8)   The Migration Act 1958-1966.

(9)   No.

(10)   The reasonsfor deportation in each case are shown within broad general headings in the table of deportations effected. It would not be possible to provide the detailed information requested without researching the personal case files and in any event information of this kind, which could be harmful to the deportees, should not be made public.

(11)   Yes.

(12)   The Attorney-General; under the Crimes Act which, as has been announced, the Government proposes to repeal.

(13)   No.

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