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Friday, 29 October 1920


Mr BRENNAN (Batman) .- Sub-clause 5 is as follows: -

In the case of a woman who was a British subject previously to her marriage to an alien, and whose husband has died or whose marriagehas been dissolved, the requirements of this section as to residence shall not apply, and the Governor-General may, in any other special case, if he thinks fit, grant a certificate of naturalization, although the four years' residence or five years' service has not been within the last eight years before the application.

Thathasreference to the question of the effect of marriage on nationality. I propose to move later that a woman shall not forfeit her nationality by marriage with an alien.


Mr Poynton - You have no objection to this sub-clause?


Mr BRENNAN -Only that it would be inconsistent with my later amendment,because it refers to a woman who was a British subject prior to her marriage with an alien. It will have no meaning if my later amendment is carried.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - If you are successful later on, this clause can be recommitted.


Mr Tudor - Do it now.

Mr.BRENNAN.- As these words will have no meaning in the light of the new clause I shall propose afterwards, I move -

That the words "In the case of a woman who was a British subject previously to her marriage to an alien, and whose husband has died, or whose marriage has been dissolved, the requirements of this section as to residence shall not apply, and " be left out.

The rest of the clause will still make good English.







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