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Australian Visa and Citizenship News

Posted in: Blog by Rob on 06/09/2017

Lots of Australian Visas and citizenship news to roundup.

Citizenship

Nick Xenophon has recommitted to voting down the Turnbull government’s overhaul of Australian citizenship laws, unless fundamental aspects of the bill are changed.

Senator Xenophon on Tuesday confirmed his bloc of three senators would vote against the changes, joining Labor and the Greens to effectively kill off the bill.

In response, Immigration minister Peter Dutton’s office released a statement saying the government was still “discussing the bill with the crossbenchers”.

But Senator Xenophon has all but ruled a change in position, despite meeting with Mr Dutton on Tuesday night.

“There needs to be a substantial rewriting of it,” Senator Xenophon told reporters on Wednesday.

“We’ll continue to talk to the government.”

The Xenophon team’s opposition centres on the proposal for a tough new English language test that would require migrants to reach a ‘Band 6’ under international testing standards.

The plan was met with strong opposition from ethnic groups, who said it would disadvantage less-educated migrants, including refugees.

The plan was met with strong opposition from ethnic groups, who said it would disadvantage less-educated migrants, including refugees.

 
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