195 Department of External Affairs to Hood
Cablegram 268 CANBERRA, 18 April 1946
Reference your 245 of 10th April paragraph 3. Refugees Committee.
Immigration authorities advise that large scale migration into Australia is governed by the housing problem, rehabilitation of the services and shipping shortage which may continue for two or three years.
2. Seven thousand refugees from Nazi oppression were admitted in the two years before the war and landing permits have been issued for over 4,000 of their relatives for whom they have guaranteed maintenance. Very few of these will obtain transport before 1947.
3. Australia's general immigration policy is indicated in Ministerial statement on Migration Policy of 2nd August.