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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 390

Senator MULVIHILL - My question to the Attorney-General is supplementary to the question asked by Senator O'Byrne. Am I to understand that the action of the Commonwealth Government in taking Mr Srecko Rover's passport from him means that nothing was wrong? Surely when his passport was taken it must have been an indication of fears of what was going on in that element of the community. Has his passport been given back to him to enable him to go overseas?

Senator GREENWOOD - The responsibility for the withdrawal of passports is exercised by the Minister for Immigration. The fact that Mr Rover's passport was withdrawn is publicly known. I think it was Senator McManus who some time ago asked why it was withdrawn and he renewed that request within the last week.

Senator McManus - No, I asked a question on the general circumstances in which the passport of an Australian citizen may be withdrawn.

Senator GREENWOOD - I accept Senator McManus's correction. I had interpreted his question as having a particular relevance. I have asked the Minister for Immigration to provide an answer as soon as possible. I shall ensure that the answer that he gives comprehends the question asked by Senator Mulvihill.

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