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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr WARD - 1 think when I quote the letter honorable gentlemen will realize that, at this stage, no reasonable person would regard it as confidential. The reason the Minister marked it confidential at the time it was sent to me was that certain court proceedings were pending. I regarded it as confidential at that stage. But those court proceedings have now been concluded, and. therefore, what is contained in the letter is public knowledge. The Minister wrote to me in this letter, dated 2nd October, 1956, as follows: -

Mr. Maruehas come under adverse notice since 29th June last when I advised you that I had approved of the grant of naturalization in his favour. Mr. Marue appeared before the Court on 11th July on two charges of obtaining money with cheques which were dishonoured but was acquitted on both counts. He again appeared at the Central Police Court, Sydney, on 31st July on charges of passing valueless cheques and he was then committed for trial. It is expected that these charges will be dealt with by the Court during October.

Until such time as the charges against Mr. Marue have been disposed of it is not proposed to proceed further with his naturalization.

Those facts are known. There is nothing to be worried about in their being related in this House. 1 mention them merely for the purpose of my argument, which is that, since the conclusion of the trial in which he was acquitted, Mr. Marue is now completely clear of any suggestion of guilt on any charge. But when he applied, after his acquittal, to the Department of Immigration in Sydney and made inquiries about his naturalization certificate, he was told by the officer who interviewed him, " That is not going to come to hand for some time, if at all". Mr. Marue asked, "Why?". The reply was, " Because we are still hoping to be able to get something on you ".


Order! The honorable gentleman's time has expired.

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