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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2654

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Crimes Act provides that naturalised Australian citizens are liable to deportation despite long-term residence.

(2)   If so, is there any reason why this provision should not be withdrawn if it discriminates against those citizens not born in Australia.

Mr Lynch - The Acting Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

I would draw the attention of the honourable member to parts (1) and (2) of the answer given by the AttorneyGeneral to question No. 1791 (Hansard of 30th October 1970, page 3158) which read as follows:

(1)   In 1926 the Crimes Act was amended to provide in section 30l that the AttorneyGeneral may by order under his hand direct any person to be deported from the Commonwealth who was not born in Australia and who is convicted of an offence under sections 30c or 30j or 30q of the Act. Subsequent amendments of the Act have not affected the powers granted under this section.

(2)   These provisions appear never to have been used and consideration will be given to amending the Crimes Act in this respect when the Act is next under review.

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