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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 585

Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration seen reports of the court case involving Mr Mirek Mynar of Bankstown, New South Wales? Did the police prosecutor in the case oppose bail on the ground that 'there is a matter of murder against him in Czechoslovakia in 1959'? Can the Minister assure the Senate that screening procedures will be tightened so as to ensure that people with serious criminal records are not permitted to migrate to Australia? Further, will he investigate the case of Mr Mynar to see whether it reveals any defects in screening procedures?

Senator GREENWOOD - I did not see the Press report. I am unaware of the details of what Senator Willesee has mentioned. He is aware that there are screening procedures. If it be that as a result of this case steps can be taken to improve the screening procedures, I am sure the Minister for Immigration will be most anxious to take those steps. I will convey the question to the Minister and endeavour to obtain a reply as soon as possible.

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