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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 114

(Question No. 653)

Senator Peter Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 5 November 1985:

(1) Does the application to file petition for naturalisation from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service of the United States Department of Justice contain at page 2 under question 18 the following:

``During the period March 23 1933 to May 8 1945, did you serve in, or were you in any affiliated with, either directly or indirectly, any military unit, paramilitary unit, police unit, self defense unit, vigilante unit, citizen unit, unit of the Nazi Party or SS, government agency or office, extermination camp, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prison, labor camp, detention camp or transit camp, under the control of or affiliated with:

(a) The Nazi Government of Germany

(b) Any government in an area occupied by, allied with, or established with the assistance or co-operation of the Nazi Government of Germany.''

(2) Do applicants for Immigration to Australia or for Australian citizenship need to make a similar declaration; if not, will the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs give consideration to including such a declaration in the form required to be filled in by applicants for migration to Australia or for Australian citizenship.

Senator Grimes —The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) I am informed that questions of this or a similar kind are asked of applicants for visa entry to the United States and for naturalisation in that country.

(2) No. Applicants for migrant entry to Australia undergo selection processes which include a detailed interview and a character check. Applicants for Australian citizenship are not asked to make a declaration of this kind.

In my view the existing procedures are adequate.