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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1718

Senator RAE - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration aware of a document published in the name of the Immigration Control Association and forwarded to many members of the community, including members of Parliament? Is the Minister aware that that document claims that figures published recently by the Department of Immigration show that the total intake of people of non-European and mixed descent for the year to June 1971 is 9,055? The Bureau of Census and Statistics reveals that for the same period the number of arrivals, less departures, of people born in Asia and Africa, excluding temporary visitors and whites from South Africa, was 26,828. Will the Minister seek to obtain a full statement as to the accuracy or otherwise of the reconciliation in relation to those figures? Will the Minister comment upon the apparent racialist basis of the Immigration Control Association's publications, the nature and extent of its membership and the circulation of its newsletters?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am aware of the publication to which the honourable senator has referred and of the ready impression which one can draw as to where the interests of the Immigration Control Association lie. I feel that I should draw to the attention of the Minister for Immigration, whom I represent, the other matters to which the honourable senator has referred - the nature of the publication, the people who publish it as well as the particular statistics to which he has referred - and leave it to the Minister to make such statement or to give such advice as he considers appropriate.

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