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Australian Premier Says His Country Wants Immigration Now and After War

Prime Minister John Curtin of Australia told a press conference today that his country was eager to see the widest possible immigration to Australia both during and after the war.

The Prime Minister made his statement in response to a question as to his attitude toward proposals that the Kimberly Region of Australia be thrown open to Jewish refugees. Curtin declared that the Kimberly Region could not be developed now without great planning and the spending of public funds. He said, however, that the defense of Australia made it essential to encourage the settling of sparsely populated section of the country. Curtin declared that his government was not taking any steps “at the present time” to amend statutes which would expedite immigration into Australia.