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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1642

Senator COLEMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration assure the Senate that the decision to impose restrictions on the number of immigrants coming to Australia will not affect the immigration policy of ensuring that the reunion of families holds the highest priority?

Senator BISHOP - I can only give the information that has been announced by Mr Clyde Cameron. He has announced that because of the employment situation it has been necessary to review the migrant intake target, which was 80,000 people. But in relation to that review, he has given an undertaking that family reunions will be given the highest priority, that applications which are presently being processed will not be affected, that generally the objectives to which the honourable senator refers will be maintained and there will be no departure from those objectives. I will ask the Minister for Labor and Immigration whether he can add to the information that I have given to the honourable senator.

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