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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 590


Attorney-General a question which has certain immigration overtones. By way of preface I refer to the Minister's failure to provide me with a statement, which was promised at Estimates Committee B hearings, outlining the demarcation between the functions of the Commonwealth Police and their State counterparts. Is the Minister satisfied with the way that Commonwealth police and officers of the Department of Immigration were used at the behest of the New South Wales Government in the case of allegations of call-girl activities against certain Latin American migrants in Sydney? Was the exercise largely to protect local vice rackets, the moral aspect being of secondary importance? To remove the unfair stigma that was placed on all Latin American female migrants, will the Minister consider the creation of an immigration inquiries tribunal similar to that which has operated in Canada for the past 5 years so that an accused person facing deportation may produce a witness to refute allegations?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am sorry that Senator Mulvihill has not been provided with a statement which I promised him regarding co-ordination between the Commonwealth Police and the State police. Frankly, I have no recollection of the statement being promised, but I shall look at the record and provide him with the material as soon as I can. The honourable senator asked whether I was satisfied with liaison between the Commonwealth Police and State police in certain inquiries which have been undertaken. I was not aware that there was any basis for dissatisfaction. However, the point has now been raised by the honourable senator so I shall look at that matter. He asked also whether we should have immigration inquiries legislation. That, of course, is a policy matter, initially for the Minister for Immigration. I shall refer that matter to him for his examination.

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