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166 Heyes to Burton

Memorandum CANBERRA, 20 January 1949


My Minister has had under consideration the question of the
admission to Australia as permanent residents of persons who are
not of pure European descent. The Minister holds the view that
such persons are not suitable as settlers in Australia and it is
his desire that those wishing to make their homes in this country
be not granted facilities to do so, even though they are
predominantly of European extraction and in appearance. With the
exception of Maories, the ruling will apply to British subjects as
well as aliens.

Persons partly of non-European origin may, however, be granted
travel facilities for Australia as business or tourist visitors in
accordance with existing practice where there is no reason to
doubt their bona fides.

Will you kindly arrange for Australian representatives overseas to
be advised accordingly. In doing so it should be impressed on
these officers that the Minister wishes his ruling to be kept
strictly secret.

[AA:A1838, 153 1/1, i]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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