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Thursday, 2 December 1965


Mr BIRRELL (PORT ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I preface a question to the Minister for Labour and National Service by saying that 1 have been informed by the Department of Immigration that migrant children under the age of 16 years living in Australia with their parents become Australian citizens when their parents are naturalised. However, upon reaching 21 years of age they then have the right under the Act to renounce such Australian citizenship. 1 ask the Minister: What is the position of a person in this category who is called up for national service training at 20 years of age while he is an Australian citizen under his parents' domination if, on reaching his majority, he renounces his Australian citizenship? Is he then exempt from any further national service training? If not, does this not conflict with the Minister's definite statement to the House on 17th November 1964 when he said quite emphatically







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