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Submission on the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Commitments) Bill 2018

Our recommendations

Recommendation 1

The Committee should recommend that the provisions requiring an English language test should not be passed.

Recommendation 2

This Committee should recommend that the course-based citizenship test should be maintained for those who face difficulties completing a formal computerised test.

Recommendation 3

This Committee should recommend that the new provision inserting s 23A(3A), which enables the Minister to exclude a person from sitting a citizenship test, should not be passed.

Recommendation 4

This Committee should reject the proposed requirement to demonstrate ‘integration’.

Recommendation 5

There should be no change to existing residence requirements for Australian citizenship.
If this recommendation is not accepted, concessions should be made for people from refugee backgrounds, stateless people and victims of family violence.

Recommendation 6

This Committee should recommend that the proposed amendments to section 12 of the Citizenship Act, relating to the ‘ten-year rule’, should not be passed.

Recommendation 7

This Committee should recommend that the provisions to extend revocation of citizenship in cases of fraud or misrepresentation should not be passed.

Recommendation 8

The Committee should recommend that the changes to merits review of decisions related to citizenship should not be passed.

Recommendation 9

The Committee should reject the proposal to confer on the Minister power to prescribe an Australian Values Statement.
If this recommendation is not accepted, this Committee should recommend increased parliamentary scrutiny of the Australian Values Statement in line with the proposals suggested by the Senate Committee on the Scrutiny of Bills.

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Citizenship Strengthening Commitments
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