British member of Parliament, John Stonehouse, appeared in court in Melbourne on Thursday (26 December) and was detained in custody for a further seven days pending a decision on his possible deportation.
GV & SV PAN Migrant detention centre in Melbourne (2 shots)
MV Mr. Stonehouse being escorted to the court
SV Mr. Stonehouse leaves courtroom, surrounded by newsmen and security officers (2 shots)
SV Stonehouse answers questions from newsmen.
NEWSMEN; "Are you optimistic that you will eventually stay in Australia, Mr. Stonehouse?"
STONEHOUSE: "I repeat the I'm very pleased with the way that the Australian authorities are dealing with points that I've made. I just appreciate the way the Australian people have responded."
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This film includes an interview with Mr Stone house after his court appearance. A transcript appears below:
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Background: British member of Parliament, John Stonehouse, appeared in court in Melbourne on Thursday (26 December) and was detained in custody for a further seven days pending a decision on his possible deportation.
Mr. Stonehouse was appearing under legislation governing prohibited immigrants. He had entered the country on a false passport, which he obtained by using the particulars of a dead man about his own age.
He was detained by Melbourne police on 24 December and is being held at a migrant detention centre outside the city.
Later on Thursday, Mr. Stonehouse's wife joined him from Britain.
Also a newspapers quoted Immigration Minister Clyde Cameron as saying that Mr. Stonehouse would be released as soon as he positively proved his identity. Mr. Cameron said as Mr Stonehouse is a British Member of Parliament he did not require an entry permit.