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News Flash: Pauline Hanson Sponsors Amendments to Citizenship Act

On 7 February 2018, Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson of the One Nation Party introduced a bill into the Senate which proposes changes to the Australian Citizenship Act that are even more draconian than the amendments that were supported in 2017 by the Turnbull Government - which ultimately did not secure passage.

The bill sponsored by Senator Hanson is entitled the "Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitment for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill".

The principal features of the legislation are:

* A proposal to increase the period that a person would have to hold permanent residency from the current one year to eight years in order to be eligible to apply for citizenship;

* Require applicants to provide evidence of a "competent" level of proficiency in English in order to make a valid application for citizenship;

* Require applicants to sign an Australian Values Statement as a prerequisite for a valid application;

* Require applicants to demonstrate integration into the Australian community by behaving in a manner consistent with "Australian values";

* Amend the preamble to the Citizenship Act to recognise that people who obtain Australian citizenship "by conferral" undertake to "accept the obligation to "pledge their allegiance to Australia and its people" and to share Australian values.

The legislation will clearly make the pathway to Australian citizenship significantly more difficult than at present.

Will this Bill get anywhere? Will it receive any support from the Turnbull Government? Will it be "dead on arrival"?

We shall see!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Don Monday, 12 February 2018

    Let's challenge her to take an IELTS test

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    HADASSAH BINGHAM-SMITH Monday, 12 February 2018

    I AGREE WITH PAULINE HANSON EXCEPT FOR THE EIGHT YEAR WAITING PERIOD TO BECOME AUSTRALIAN. I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU BECOME A CITIZEN OF ANOTHER COUNTRY YOUR ALLEGIANCE SHOULD BE TO THAT COUNTRY AND IF EVER THAT COUNTRY FROM WHICH YOU CAME FROM DECLARES WAR ON THE COUNTLRY YOU HAVE NOW CHOSEN TO HAVE ALLEGIANCE TO, THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY OF ALLEGIANCE AND POSSIBLY KILL A FAMILY MEMBER IN YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. THINK OF YOUR COUNTRY THAT YOU HAVE BECOME A CITIZEN OF AS YOUR CASTLE AND ALL YOUR FAMILY IN YOUR CASTLE ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. REMEMBER AMERICA NORTH AND SOUTH WAR.
    BY THE WAY I HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT PAULINE HANSON AS I SUPPORT ONE NATION AND HER BUT NO SUCCESS. WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO HER ABOUT SO MANY ISSUES.

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    MAgent Monday, 12 February 2018

    This is a private members bill. I doubt it will receive support to progress to the second reading let alone pass the Senate. I can see no problem with a 5 year visa requirement with a minimum of one maybe two years on a PR visa. There must be a clear viable pathway for a person to secure Citizenship

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    Peter Thursday, 15 February 2018

    With her logic, I haven't demonstrated integration into the Australian community yet after living in Australia for over 7 years, while I did a masters and PhD and have been teaching undergraduate and masters students for two years now. I got granted PR July last year and with her ridiculous proposal, I have to wait till 2025 to be eligible for Australian citizenship. 2011-2025. Funny. isn't it?

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    HA HA SEN Thursday, 15 February 2018

    Require applicants to demonstrate integration into the Australian community by behaving in a manner consistent with "Australian values";

    Hmmmmm...BBQ and beer on weekends as a compulsory activity?

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    Michael Thursday, 15 February 2018

    Having read a couple of the comments, perhaps a 10 year residency requirement would be more appropriate, and maybe 12 years for anyone with a masters and PhD.
    It's a private members bill. Any member can put forth any idea--even a Green.

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    Peter Sunday, 18 February 2018

    You should read the comments again. Everyone knows that this is a private proposal and very unlikely to be up for debate let alone be passed. The comments are about her logic and how irrational the proposal is.

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    Michael Monday, 19 February 2018

    Thank you, Peter. I have reread the comments. HA HA suggests sarcastically that beer and BBQ are Australian values. The implication is that HA HA is above any Australian values. Maybe he is, I wouldn't know.
    Peter seems to think that being educated here in a university setting is somehow productive of meeting a residency requirement. It is no different from someone doing a trade apprenticeship through journeyman to master. Australia requires a variety of skills--not all of them require higher education.
    There is no "superiority" migration test here. A residency period is a residency period. If you start in 2020 or 2030 or today, the test is whatever the residency requirement is at the time you apply.
    We have a number of social problems arising from past governments not understanding that migrants need help in social adjustment AND Australians need education in how to accept and befriend people of different cultures. Our schools are trying to educate Australians to cultural issues. There is, however, a genuine need for migrants to learn English and learn basic facts about life in this country. Hanson is not my cup of tea, but the idea she proposed needs serious discussion--not sarcasm or belittling.

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    John Young Friday, 23 February 2018

    It will be dead on arrival

  • Guest
    Westly Russell Saturday, 24 February 2018

    Please explain

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