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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2674

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice:

How many, visa applications for entry into Australia have been rejected since 4 December 1972.

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

Complete statistics on the rejection of visa applications are not available but from the information held from some thirty-five countries, including the major sources of migrants, it is estimated that in the threemonth period December 1972 to February 1973 inclusive, 5,000 people who had applied to enter Australia were refused authority to do so. In addition, applications for assisted passages covering an estimated 13,000 people were refused during this period.

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