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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
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Senator Carrick asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the Russian violinist, Georgi Ermolenko, visit the Department of Labor and Immigration in Perth on Monday, 12 August 1974.

(2)   What did he state as the purpose of his visit.

(3)   Did he inquire about conditions for remaining in Australia.

(4)   What forms, if any, were completed as the result of his visit.

(5)   Was the visit to the Department interrupted in order for Ermolenko to return briefly to his hotel.

(6)   Did he indicate his intention to return to the Department; if so, for what purpose.

(7)   Did he return; if not, were there any further contacts between the Department and Ermolenko; if so, what was their nature.

Senator Bishop - The Minister for Labor and Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Mr Ermolenkowas invited to visit the Department to discuss his request of the previous day to remain in Australia.

(3)   No.

(4)   None.

(5   ) The visit was interrupted to allow Mr Ermolenko to go with his friends to the Hotel Parmelia.

(6)   Mr Ermolenkoindicated during the interview that he had to keep an appointment at the Hotel Parmelia at 1 1 a.m. and was told that he could return to complete the immigration interview after that

(7)   No. There was no further contact other than when the temporary entry permits of members of the party, including Mr Ermolenko, were extended.

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