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Thursday, 11 May 1972
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Senator MULVIHILL - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration. I ask him to recall an answer that he gave in this chamber on the people who came here from India and other countries. I ask him how he rationalises that situation with his foreboding about Labor Party policy when it is something which was agreed to, both by Mr Whitlam and the then Minister, Mr Opperman, as a matter of principle. Where is the change of face?

Senator GREENWOOD - Until the Australian Labor Party changed its policy last year there was a generally accepted and acceptable bipartisan policy in this country on migration. The Government's position has been made clear by successive Ministers for Immigration. It is conceded to have been made clear by none other than Mr Daly in the other place. It is that the

Government wants to see a migration policy under which we shall have a homogeneous society and under which people will be coming to this country who can he integrated into society. We have a society which is essentially undivided, without permanent minorities and free of avoidable tensions. What the Labor Party has done is to create a great doubt as to what it really believes in. It says on the one hand that it wants to avoid discrimination and, on the other, that it will provide without discrimination a greater number of assisted passages. At the same time is says that it will reduce the number of people coming to this country while maintaining a system of sponsorship. Four or five spokesmen on behalf of the Labor Party are putting up different stories. My plea simply is: Will someone declare what its policy is? I am grateful to Senator Mulvihill for the question which enables me to pose that question again.

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