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Tuesday, 16 October 1973
Page: 2139

Mr GARRICK (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Immigration. Has the Minister taken any action on the recommendation of the Victorian Migrant Task Force that steps should be taken to warn newly arrived migrants of dangers associated with the use and abuse of hire purchase? If not, when will action be taken? If something has been done, will the Minister report on it without delay?

Mr GRASSBY (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - Concern was expressed in the reports of the Task Forces about migrants being exploited because they are not totally aware of how best to use hire purchase. 1 should say that reports have been made to me from time to time about peddling contracts that some new arrivals were not able to meet. I have arranged, following the work and recommendations of the Task Forces, for the preparation of a guide to hire purchase, which has been already published in 18 languages, lt will be followed by further guidance on pyramid selling and on a number of other social problems and matters which it is pretty obvious need to be clearly spelt out to new arrivals if we are to avoid their being placed in the position of being exploited. I can assure the honourable member that this first effort on hire purchase advice in 18 languages will be followed up in all the other areas in just as many languages so long and so far as the need exists.

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