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Labor decides to block Australian citizenship changes

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is gearing up for another election fight over Medicare. (AAP)

Labor party is against making permanent residents wait four years before they can apply for citizenship.

UPDATE:

Confirmed: Labor to vote against citizenship changes

Labor caucus has decided it will vote against the citizenship overhaul in its current form.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten before the meeting said, "We think that the Government's citizenship laws do have flaws and we're going to kick it around at caucus and have a look at the matter."

Earlier today:

The Labor caucus will meet today and ABC News reports that the party will be rejecting important factors of the proposed changes to citizenship laws.

The report states Labor party is against making permanent residents wait four years before they can apply for citizenship.

They also plan to the tougher English language test being made mandatory to gain citizenship.  

Labor MPs are also worried about giving the Immigration Minister more power.

This position decided on Monday night will be taken to a meeting of Labor's caucus in Canberra on Tuesday morning. 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton - AAP
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton - AAP
AAP

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton demands Labor backs changes

Minister Dutton has called on Opposition leader Bill Shorten to 'show leadership'.

Speaking on ABC Radio, Dutton said, “We want to be able to test whether or not people have been adhere to Australian laws and values and we have been very clear about that. 

"That's why Mr Shorten needs to show the leadership that I thought he demonstrated on the day we made this announcement, when he said he would support these changes, at least in principle. 

"But it's certainly unraveled for him and the left is out there trying to run this counter argument."

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