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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1146


Senator MULVIHILL - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minster for Immigration. Has the Minister noted the public complaint voiced by Mr Mat has. an Australian citizen of Greek origin, in regard to his conflict with the Greek Government concerning military obligations in that country? Does that incident warrant changed endorsements on Australian passports, as has been suggested by Mr Mathas?


Senator GREENWOOD - Mr Mathasproblem, as I have seen it reported, arises from the fact that apparently some form of dual nationality occurs when a Creek citizen becomes an Australian citizen. He experienced a particular difficulty - 1 think it was with regard to national service obligations - when he was in Greece. Whether that means that there should be a change in the endorsement is, of course, a matter for the Department of Immigration. It appears to me that the particular problem which he experienced is one which would not be overcome by a change in the method of endorsement.







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