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David Irving Fight Fund supporter Gisela Tautz received two letters from the government when she protested.

July 6, 1994

Dear Mr Irving

My sincere thanks for your letter dated 5 June 1994 acknowledging receipt of copies of letters I sent to the Immigration Minister etc, here in Australia. Although insignificant now, I feel it is only right that you see their replies and enclose copies thereof.

A prominent Sydney radio announcer recently expressed his views by saying - "If Mr Irving is banned from this country, suspicion will always hang over this issue and the people who are trying to prevent his entry. '

With full respect where genuinely due, I truly do agree however, that "Freedom of Speech" should be the right of everyone and not only the rights of these vocal and powerful groups who dictate government policies.

We really do hope to see you here in Australia some time in the future.

With best wishes and regards,

Yours faithfully,

Gisela Tautz

18 May Street


 PS. Last week I mailed a small contribution to the David Irving Legal Defence Fund, Western Australia.

Office of the Minister

Minister for immigration and Ethnic Affairs and
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Parliament House
Canberra ACT2600
Telephone: (06)2777860
Facsimile: (06)2734144

March 28, 1994

Mrs G Tautz
18 May Street
NSW 2145

Dear Mrs Tautz

Thank you for your letter of 17 February 1994 to the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator the Hon Nick Bolkus, regarding the entry into Australia of Mr David Irving. Senator Bolkus has asked me to respond on his behalf.

Australia's visitor program aims to facilitate the entry of genuine visitors while screening out the persons who would represent a threat to Australia, whose presence could be in some way harmful to the Australian community or who are considered likely to become involved in activities disruptive to the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.

All applications are considered against the requirements of the Migration Act and Regulations. If an applicant meets all of the requirements, he or she is issued with a visa for Australia.

As you are no doubt aware, Mr Irving appealed the decision made by the former Minister to refuse him a visa and, on 16 September 1993, the Federal Court upheld this appeal and ordered that the matter be reconsidered by the Minister. The Minister is in the process of reconsidering this matter.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to the Minister's attention.

Yours sincerely

Senior Adviser

Chairman, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Banking. Finance and Public Administration


1 March 1994

Mrs C Tautz
18 May Street
NSW 2145

Dear Mrs Tautz

In receipt of your letter dated 17 February, I have noted the points you have made, and appreciate your concerns regarding this matter.

I will convey your representations to Senator Nick Bolkus asking your views be carefully considered as part of the Minister's deliberations in this case.

Yours sincerely

Paul Elliott MP

PE / kw

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