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Tuesday, 20 September 1960

Mr L R Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   How many applications for naturalization have been unsuccessful during each of the last ten years?

2.   What is the (a) nationality and (b) occupation of each unsuccessful applicant, and on what grounds was each application refused?

Mr Downer - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Unsuccessful applications for naturalization during each of the last ten years -


The above figures include those refused or deferred in the first instance because of the applicants' inadequate knowledge of English or of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, many of whom would have been naturalized subsequently when their knowledge improved sufficiently. It is not practicable to maintain separate figures of those applicants whose applications have been deferred and who have so far been unable to comply with the conditions for naturalization. 2. (a) Nationality of applicants whose applications have so far been unsuccessful -


(b)   No statistics are kept as to the occupation of unsuccessful applicants. A total of 194 applications have been refused or deferred on security grounds. As from 1st January, 1958, when statistics of applications refused or deferred on other grounds were commenced, the following numbers of applications were refused or deferred for the reasons indicated: -

Inadequate knowledge of English or of the responsibilities and privi ledges of citizenship . . . . 3,947. Mental incapacity . 184. Failure to comply with character requirements . . . 529.

Residentially unqualified . . . . 78.

These figures should be considered in relation to a total of 122,706 persons who were naturalized during this period (1st January, 1958, to 30th June, 1960).

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