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Wednesday, 3 April 1957


Mr CASEY - I think I recognize the case that the honorable member refers to and, although I do not pretend for a moment to have the full story in my mind, as I understand it, the man in question was an American citizen and under American law his children are, at birth, American citizens. So he had the full right, as I understand it, to make application to the American Consul, or Consulate-General, for a passport in respect of his children. That is a right that the Australian Government could not take away from an American citizen, nor would it wish to take such a right from an American citizen in respect of his own children, who are. presumably, themselves

American citizens. That is the case as 1 know it. i do not know of any hardship that may have been caused.

If the honorable member wishes, I will have the matter gone into fully so far as it concerns my department and advise the honorable member further; but those seem to me to be the basic facts of the case.







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