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Friday, 30 October 1970

Dr Klugman asked the Attorney-Gen eral, upon notice.:

(1)   Are foreign born Australian citizens disadvantaged under Australian law as compared with locally born citizens.

(2)   Are there special additional punishments applicable to foreign born citizens under certain sections of the Crimes Act; if so, are they acceptable in the interests of justice.

(3)   If not, will he take steps to introduce appropriate amendments to the Act.

Mr Hughes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I refer the honourable member to the answer given by the Minister for Immigration to question number 860 (Hansard 1st October 1970 at page 1991).

(2)   In 1926 the Crimes Act was amended to provide in section 30l that the Attorney-General may by order under his hand direct any person to be deported from the Commonwealth who was not born in Australia and who is convicted of an offence under sections 30c 30j or 30q of the Act. Subsequent amendments of the Act have not affected the powers granted under this section.

(3)   These provisions appear never to have been used and consideration will be given to amending the Crimes Act in this respect when the Act is next under review.

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