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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) . - At present the only way by which a person living in the Territory of New Guinea can acquire British nationality is to abandon his domicil in the territory and to take up residence' in. some other British country. The object of this bill is to get rid of that anomaly within the limits of the powers that ' we at present possess. Therefore the bill provides, in effect, that a person domiciled in New Guinea is to be accorded British nationality, which will have effect within the Commonwealth of Australia and its territories. Debate on this bill might easily open into a broad consideration of the problem of nationality generally, to which the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Calwell) made passing reference; but I do not propose to endeavour to deal with that. All I desire to say is that, insofar as this bill deals with a specific topic, I support it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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