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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 58

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration whether he was correctly reported as saying, in a recent statement he made on American crime syndicates, that overseas entertainers visiting Australia had been connected with criminal operations. Does the Minister recall that on 26th May last in reply to a question I asked about work permits being issued to foreign entertainers he asserted that it must be appreciated that persons who are to be entertained may not necessarily desire an Australian entertainer and that he would be unable to say what could be done to police work permits? In view of the Minister's statement last weekend about criminal operations on the part of overseas entertainers visiting Australia, what specific action is being taken by the Department of Immigration to police the permits that are issued by the Department to foreign artists?

Senator GREENWOOD - The statement which I made last weekend was made in my capacity as Attorney-General following a report which I received from the Commonwealth Police and after an examination of that report by several departments. With regard to the other matters, which relate to the portfolio of the Minister for Immigration I think I should ascertain the position as accurately as I can. I shall convey the honourable senator's question to the Minister and ask him to forward a reply as quickly as possible.

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