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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Did the trial survey for the 1971 Census of Population and Housing conducted (a) in Sydney in July 1969 or (b) in Melbourne in April 1970 include a question whether there is a mortgage (or contract of sale) on the dwelling and, if so, the type of institution holding the first mortgage and the size of monthly repayments made on the first and other mortgages.

(2)   Has this question been omitted from the schedule for the 1971 Census.

(3)   If so, why.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   See answer to question 2148.

Shipbuilding (Question No. 2161)

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for

Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What ships have been built overseas for Australian owners in each of the last 5 years.

(2)   In which country was each ship built.

(3)   What was the tonnage in each case.

(4)   Is he able to say who launched each ship.

(5)   If so, has he any information as to whether the lady who launched each ship was the recipient of a gift; if so, what was the nature of the gift.

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

(l)   to (4)-


(5)   Neither I nor my Department has any knowledge of gifts exchanged between the lady launching a vessel and the company concerned.

Nationality Laws (Question No. 2180)

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for

Immigration, upon notice:

Is he able to say whether naturalised Australian citizens from (a) Yugoslavia and (b) Greece are liable for national service when visiting their country of origin.

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

Whether a person loses the nationality of his country of origin upon acquiring Australian citizenship depends upon the nationality laws of that country.

The position under Yugoslav and Greek law is that Yugoslav and Greek nationals retain their nationality upon becoming Australian citizens. They therefore become what is known as 'dual nationals'. In such cases the principle of master nationality applies, which means that when such a person is in the country of either nationality the nationality of that country predominates.

When an Australian citizen who is a dual national returns to the country of his other nationality his Australian citizenship may not exempt him from any obligations, such as military service, which he may have as a national of that country.

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