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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2824

Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

Is membership of the Communist Party of Australia a barrier to the conferment of Australian citizenship?

Mr Grassby (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No. Membership in itself of the Communist Party or any lawful political party is not considered a reason for refusing citizenship. It remains the law that applicants for citizenship must be of good character, have an adequate knowledge of English and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and fulfil requirements as to residence in Australia.

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