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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2484

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

In view of the recent misunderstanding that occurred over a French army call-up notice served on French-born naturalised Australian Mr Thomas Gable, can the Minister supply a list of nations who can or do make such a claim on people born in such countries, but who are now Australian citizens.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Labour and National Service has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is not possible to put a brief and meaningful reply to the honourable senator's question; quite complex legal issues can be involved. However, as to the particular case, I am advised the man in question was born in France and has since become a naturalised Australian. He had neglected to apprise French authorities of his situation and had not taken advantage of the provision made for exemption from the liability for military service in France. Neither had he renounced his French citizenship as is possible and which provides immunity from the liability for military service. He has been provided with a written statement by the French Consul in Sydney that he has no liability for military service. He registered for national service as required in Australia but was not selected for service and has been granted indefinite deferment of his liability here.

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