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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4566


Mr Hurford asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that Australia will not allow a citizen enjoying Australian nationality to also hold the nationality of another nation; if not, why not.

(2)   Is it also a fact that many migrants in Australia are deterred from becoming naturalised because dual nationality is not permitted.

(3)   Can he say which countries allow their citizens to hold dual nationality.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (!) No. Australia does not favour dual nationality, but recognises it where it occurs.

Whether a person loses his original nationality upon becoming an Australian citizen depends entirely upon the nationality law of the country of his original nationality. Australia does - not require that an applicant for Australian citizenship should divest himself of any other citizenship he may possess before he is granted Australian citizenship.

(2)   No.

(3)   1 am unable to provide a complete list of countries which allow their citizens to hold dual nationality.

However it is known that migrants from some countries retain their original nationality, upon becoming Australian citizens. These include migrants from Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Roumania, Switzerland, Turkey, the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics and Yugoslavia.







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