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Wednesday, 2 July 1930

Senator RAE (New South Wales) - I wish to bring under the notice of the Government what I' consider to be a grave in justice. to certain persons in/ this country who, prior to the passing of the Naturalization Bill a week or so ago, had applied for naturalization. It will be remembered that the bill made necessary the payment of a fee of £3 for naturalization papers. I have in mind particularly the case of a person who, five or six years ago, during the regime of the Bruce-Page Government, applied for naturalization. Upon reports coming to hand from the Vice-Consul for Italy in New South Wales to the effect that the applicant was an opponent of the Fascist regime and the Mussolini Government, the application was refused. Recently the gentleman renewed his application and after a further investigation had been made, approval was given to the granting of it. The surprise of the applicant may be imagined, therefore, when he received a notification that under the new law he was obliged to pay. a fee of £3 before he could obtain his papers. This man is a sufferer from phthisis, and is an inmate of the Waterfall sanatorium. He has been ill for a considerable time; he may never leave the institution alive; and T suppose he has not threepence to call his own. It is a great hardship in such circumstances to withhold the naturalization papers. I trust that the Government will endeavour to find means of granting this application and others which were made and approved before the passing of the act.

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