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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 939

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

In amplification of the answer to my question No. 1847 regarding the requirement of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara to obtain a visa for entry to Australia, can the Minister say whether that gentleman would have required a visa if he was simply a private citizen, and would the same requirement apply to Mr Sanders if he was a private citizen.

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

I refer the honourable senator to the statement of policy relating to the entry of Citizens of Commonwealth countries which was included in the answer given to Question No. 1438 (Hansard of 3rd November 1971).

The only amplification of that statement necessary in the present context is that prior permission to travel to Australia is not required by persons holding diplomatic or official passports issued by the Governments of British Commonwealth countries or ordinary passports issued by the Governments of those countries in which the grantee is described as a member of the Parliament or of the Government or diplomatic service or Government official when travelling to Australia on postings or official business.

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