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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr TOWNLEY (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Immigration) - Yes, I shall consider it, but there are obvious obstacles. It would be impossible, for instance, to get people in European countries to learn to speak English before they came to Australia. We do as much as we can to teach them our language on the journey out by ship, and they pick it up quite well under that instruction. Knowledge of English, of course, is necessary in order to qualify for naturalization.

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