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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 748

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration a question which has no political overtones. I hope that I do not receive an answer with political overtones, as I am seeking information. As the Government allowed the South African rugby team to tour and compete in Australia on the basis that sport and politics should be separated, why is it . that 2 Rhodesian golfers have been refused admission to Australia for sporting purposes?

Senator GREENWOOD - I understand from the Minister for Immigration that no visa applications were received with regard to the 2 Rhodesian golfers whom the Press has reported as being ineligible to come here, but a decision has been made to refuse approval for a Rhodesian team to come here to compete in the golf tournament if an application should bc made. Prior authority to visit Australia is required for. holders of Southern Rhodesian passports or for residents of Southern Rhodesia. Applications for such authority are considered in the light of the response by the Australian Government to the resolutions concerning Rhodesia which were passed by -the United Nations Security Council in 1968 and 1970. Generally speaking, Rhodesian passport holders wishing to visit Australia will be granted authority only if strong humanitarian grounds can be shown to exist. Applications from other persons ordinarily resident in Rhodesia are considered on their individual merits and in keeping with Australia's obligations under the resolution of the United Nations. Permission to visit Australia would generally be refused to persons, whether holders of Southern Rhodesian passports or not, wishing to visit Australia as members of groups representing Rhodesia - for example, delegates to international conferences being held in Australia or Rhodesian teams wishing to participate in international sporting competitions, such as the Rhodesian ladies tennis team and the Rhodesian ladies golf team in, I think, 1970 and 1968. I am informed by the Minister for Immigration that the decision has been taken on that basis.

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