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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2906

Senator MULVIHILL - Can the PostmasterGeneral give me an briefing on the position confronting the group of Sydney mail officers who are members of the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union and in respect of whom delays in the processing of citizenship applications can affect attainment of permanency in the Postmaster-General's Department?

Senator BISHOP -Senator Mulvihill has asked a number of questions about these people and we have been trying to get the information. I now have the information. The first of the mail officers was naturalised on 13 November 1974 and was appointed to my Department on the same date. The second was naturalised on 15 November 1974 but has not yet produced his citizenship certificate to my Department. He is expected to be appointed as from 2 1 November. Another cannot be naturalised until 21 March 1975. Another was naturalised on 4 November. He will be appointed from 2 1 November for permanency. There is no record of the other 2 officers having applied for naturalisation. We cannot find any such applications. We are making further inquiries. The remaining employee has not yet applied for naturalisation.

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