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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) -I am aware of the plans that are being made in an endeavour to make naturalisation procedures easier for migrants. We have found as a result of the experiment to which the honorable member has referred that the number of applications for naturalisation has increased. This experiment was conducted first at Sunshine and then at Broadmeadows and Prahran. I think the honorable member for Lalor will be appreciative that we have followed the same course in his electorate because a large number of new settlers live in that area. We have advertised extensively in the St. Albans area to inform migrants of the way in which applications can be made. As a result there have been 159 applications and 139 naturalisations. As this scheme has been a success in Victoria we will continue with it in that State and will also extend it to New South Wales. The honorable member for Evans will be glad to know that we have Blacktown under study at the present time. As a result of the extension of the procedure to other areas and by facilitating applications for naturalisation we are finding that the numbers seeking naturalisation are increasing. In the last four months we have received about 3,000 more applications than we received in the corresponding period of 1964-65.







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