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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 917

Senator MULVIHILL - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration make a statement clarifying both the future of Mr Martin Niklas and the general position of migrants with stateless backgrounds?

Senator GREENWOOD - Mr Niklaswas born in Berlin of a Yugoslav father. He never became a German national. When he came to Australia some years ago he came as a stateless person. Because of convictions recorded against him in Australia, an order for his deportation was signed on 15th December 1971. Since then efforts have been continuing to arrange for his re-entry into Germany, but the decision of the German authorities has not yet been received. Mr Niklas has been released from custody, pending the decisionof the German authorities. The deportation order still remains in force. It will be implemented if his re-entry to Germany is authorised. In the meantime, he reports regularly - I think once each week - to the Department of Immigration. Migrants who are stateless and who can comply with the requirements of the Citizenship Act in relation to good character as well as other matters may acquire Australian citizenship. In this respect they are on the same footing as persons who come to Australia from other countries and who seek citizenship. It is sometimes found impossible to deport those convicted of crimes in Australia because entry to another country cannot be arranged. This position exists in many countries.

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