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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Aston n asked the Minister for Immi gration, upon notice -

1.   What is the total number of non-British immigrants who, since 1949, have become eligible to apply for naturalization and have become Australian citizens?

2.   What were the former nationalities of these citizens?

3.   What is the number of applications for naturalization now in hand?

4.   What is (a) the number of applications for naturalization that have been refused since 1949 and (b) the nationalities of the applicants concerned?

5.   What is the estimated number of persons who will become naturalized by December, 1957?

Mr Townley - The. answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 4.-


3.   The number of applications for naturalization on hand at present is estimated to be approximately 25,000.

5.   It is estimated that approximately 50.000 persons will be naturalized during 1957.

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