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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 937

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

How many people have been deported from Australia, following criminal conviction, during the past 5 years, and to which countries were they deported?

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The following table shows by nationality the number of persons deported during each of the past5 years following criminal convictions in Australia:


Statistics have not been maintained to show deportees' countries of destination, but in the great majority of cases these would be the countries of which the deportees were citizens, (as shown above) because -

(i)   where persons are being deported because of criminal convictions following entry, the Department cannot require carriers to provide passages for the deportees to countries which will not admit them (Section 22 of the Migration Act); and

(ii)   deportees, especially those convicted of crimes, will not as a rule be admitted (except in transit) to any country other than their own.

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