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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1794

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I also ask leave to have incorporated in Hansard a document marked 'B' which provides a breakdown of the numbers of people of Greek, Italian and Yugoslav origin with Austraiian citizenship who are in receipt of age and other categories of pension.

The PRESIDENT - Order! Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows)-



Number of pensions/benefits being paid overseas at 30 June 1 974 in Greece, Italy and Yugoslavia


Senator MULVIHILL - I commenced by mentioning the value of petitions and I have in mind other parliamentary methods of obtaining objectives also. In this regard I simply want to place something on record with all deference to members of the Government who made this matter a feature of their 1972 election campaign. I should like to place on record the names of a few men who have given tremendous citizenship service in this country. They are Dr Evan Costanzo, editor of ' La Fiamma '; Mr Jim Calomeris a prominent member of the Greek Community; Joe Cujes, President of the Triglav Club of Sydney; Jim Kaldis of the 'Hellenic Voice'; and John Kosovich, editor of 'Nova Dobra'. I mentioned these people in alphabetical order. To strike a sympathetic note I might mention that in the 1930s John Kosovich was a young Yugoslav worker in the gold mines and some of his contemporaries are among these people who gave the best years of their lives in Australia, which would be of interest to Senator Durack.

The Minister for Social Security, Mr Hayden, has done a considerable amount to make the humanitarian policies of the Whitlam Government a reality. I wish to say in paying this tribute to those people that I feel that in a sentimental vein I should make one postscript to this address. In Sydney a big rally, which echoed down to Melbourne and Adelaide, was held in order to get this scheme under way. One of our former Senate colleagues who is well known to you, Mr President, in the person of Mr Fitzgerald, who was not enjoying good health at the time, came along and graced several of the rallies with his presence.

I thank the Senate for being so attentive this evening. I wanted to place on record this milestone in Australian social security history. I think that with the sort of people I have mentioned, including the former Senator Fitzgerald, in a democracy like Australia you can achieve a certain aim with parliamentary agitation. I leave it at that.

Question resolved in the affirmative. Senate adjourned at 1 1.6 p.m.

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