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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 279

Mr DOYLE (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister for Immigration aware that many settlers from the United Kingdom believe that they automatically become Australian citizens upon taking up residence here? Will the Minister take steps either to correct this wrong impression or to confirm that citizens of the United Kingdom receive Australian citizenship automatically upon migration to Australia?

Mr GRASSBY (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - Some confusion on this question has existed for some time. Since 1949, Australian citizenship has not been granted automatically to settlers from the United Kingdom or from any one of the other 30 countries which make. up the Commonwealth of Nations. This change was made some 24 years ago under rules that were initiated at that time by the British Government. So, at no time for the past 24 years has Australian citizenship been granted automatically to these people. Conversely, Australian citizens migrating to the United Kingdom have not been granted automatically citizenship of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at any time in the period since the enactment of those laws in 1949. Confusion has existed in this respect. I hope that we will be able to end that confusion by giving to new settlers, particularly before they leave to come to Australia, proper counselling and proper guidance so that they may know exactly what their status is. My hope is that all who come will be embraced in the Australian family of the nation in citizenship.

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