Is my hon. Friend aware that this modest contribution in furtherance of a policy of migration to Australia, especially of unskilled and semi-skilled workers, was fully justified? Will he say why the Government abolished this contribution and why it is not to be reintroduced?
My right hon. and learned Friend is right: it was a modest contribution and would amount to about seven Australian dollars for each assisted migrant this year. But it would need a massive change in outward migration of about 250,000 a year to have any influence on the size of the population here, and I very much doubt whether the Australians would be willing to receive so many people.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the implication in the Question—namely, that we should ship our unemployed abroad—is quite unacceptable and that what is required is all necessary Government action to create jobs in this country?