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MPs to consider changes to citizenship regulations

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton Source: AAP

Federal Parliament this week will be presented with a new tranche of laws which, if passed, would completely overhaul the country's citizenship process.Labor is yet to decide whether it will back the law change, which would also give immigration ministers veto power over citizenship decisions made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.David Sharaz explains.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced an overhaul of Australia's citizenship laws and policy a few months ago.

 

Among the law changes are controversial measures including a tougher Australian values quiz, and an expectation applicants can prove they've integrated into society, with permanent residents forced to wait four years before they can apply for citizenship.

 

The Immigration Minister says the plan to introduce a more stringent English language test has received overwhelming public support since the concept was flagged in 2015.

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