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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3800

Mr RUDDOCK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development who, in comments in this House today, mentioned the failure of the immigration programs of past governments to further decentralisation policies. Will the Minister assure this House that any scheme for decentralisation and the establishment of growth centres will not involve compulsion on migrants to settle only in country growth centres?

Mr UREN - The placement of migrants in this country is "within the role of the Minister for Immigration. I think it is generally accepted within the Government that we should be seeking to guide people away from the major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. There has been over-centralisation in Sydney and Melbourne during the last 23 years and the area which the honourable member represents is suffering a great deal from this problem. Consequently this Government is trying to rectify that problem.

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