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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1626

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice: (!) Did he state that half of Australia's migrant intake is unsponsored.

(2)   If so, what is the factual basis for the statement.

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

The proportion of unsponsored migrants in the total immigration program will in future vary according to Australia's needs.

Under the immigration policies of the present Government, there will be 3 main elements in the immigration program:

(i)   the reunion of direct family members, i.e. spouse, dependent children and aged or otherwise dependent parents, fiancees and fiances;

(ii)   other sponsored migrants; and

(iii)   unsponsored migrants in numbers and categories required to meet national needs.

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