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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - The overseas posts covered in that item are in Switzerland and Kenya. Provision is made for the salaries of officers at those posts. Senator O'Byrne will appreciate that, for the most part, Australia has no diplomatic posts in the kind of countries to which he has referred. Contact with these countries is made normally through the appropriate British consul or ambassador. In any case, this is a matter of policy. I think the honorable senator will readily agree that all I can promise to do is to refer to the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Opperman) the matter he has mentioned.

The other point he raised related to a migrant from Greece. I am told that the Departments warns all people who may be regarded as dual nationals by their former countries of the risks that they take when returning to those countries. They are warned that they may be liable for military service if they return there. We do not let any person get caught up in that terrible situation without giving him a warning, and I am informed that the warning is given in writing. We know of no other way of giving the information. We are not in a position to say what action any other government will take. The problem of dual nationality is receiving constant attention, but it cannot be solved by Australia alone. It is a matter for negotiation between Australia and the countries in which we have migration programmes.

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