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Australian Immigration Minister Tells Critics Country Admitting Only Few Jews

Replying to wide-spread charges by anti-Jewish groups that the government was admitting an overwhelming number of displaced Jews to Australia, Minister of Immigration Arthur A. Calwell today stated that the number of refugees that the Commonvealth has agreed to admit and the number admitted during the war and since the cessation of hostilities was many thousands less than the total Australia agreed to admit during international discussions in 1939.

Calwell said that the number of refugees who will reach Australia during the next four or five years will be “extremely small.” He declared that the furor which has been raised over Jewish immigration resulted from lack of knowledge of the facts and untruthful news reports.