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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 1621

Senator MARTIN(10.42) —I rise only to ask a question. Clause 7 seeks to repeal Part II of the Australian Citizenship Act, which relates to the status of a British subject. It is a fact that State legislation will have to be changed as a consequence of our removal of that Part relating to British subjects. The original intention of the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs in the previous Government, Mr Macphee, was outlined in an undertaking he gave that the legislation would be proclaimed as soon as State governments passed similar legislation to enable a uniform Australia-wide commencement date. There is widespread use of this term in other legislation. I think it is desirable that the removal of the concept from the Act should be timed to ensure that there are no undue adverse implications in the operation of affected legislation. Can the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) indicate what plans the Government has as a consequence of repealing Part II of the present Act?