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Wednesday, 28 October 1914


Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I do not think anybody can find fault with this clause, except with paragraph /, which applies to naturalized aliens.


Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - It is a very necessary provision.


Senator Mullan - Persons may get naturalized under false pretences.


Senator STEWART - All that is quite true. But we ought to assume that persons who have become British subjects are not going to do anything which will injure the Commonwealth, and, unless there is very strong ground for suspicion, these persons ought to be treated exactly as the rest of the community are treated.


Senator Pearce - I can give the honorable senator good reasons for the provision in question, if he will permit me to do so.


Senator STEWART - Very well.







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