Stop changes to the Citizenship Act

Date last modified: 12 November 2018

Update

18 October 2017

The proposed citizenship changes will not be implemented after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was struck down by the Senate today. Oz Kiwi can now confirm that current citizenship law applies.

The Department of Home Affairs have published two reports relating to the proposed citizenship changes:

National Consultation on Citizenship – Final Report (2015) (Fierravanti-Wells & Ruddock)

Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship (2017)


28 April 2017

The proposed changes to the citizenship process, from a one year wait after grant of PR to a four year wait, will require an amendment to the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth). The amendment is due to be tabled before the end of 2017.

You have the power to stop this.

It will be no good complaining after the fact if you do nothing, and the Bill amending the Act gets through Parliament. It’s a ridiculous policy, at a minimum there should be a grace period and a dispensation for youth.

Write to your MP and Senators

Oz Kiwi needs you to write to your local Federal MP and Federal Senators, and the backbenchers listed below, asking them to vote against any Bill witth the proposed policy change, so it does not get through Parliament.

It is especially important to write to your Federal MP & Senators if you:

  • are close to the one year anniversary of the grant of your PR; and
  • intend to apply for citizenship in the coming weeks; and
  • have children wanting to go to university next semester or next year

Please contact as many politicians as possible on this list. Phone calls are generally much more effective than emails – politicians receive fewer of them and you get an immediate response.

Tell them how the changes will affect your family and how they undermine decades of trans-Tasman reciprocity that benefits the citizens of both nations.

Please be polite, and explain how the fee increase will impact on you and your family.

Senator Pauline Hanson, One Nation Leader 02 6277 3184 senator.hanson@aph.gov.au

Senator Lucy Gichuhi 02 6277 3604 seantor.gichuhi@aph.gov.au

Senator Jacqui Lambie: 02 6277 3063 senator.lambie@aph.gov.au

Senator Derryn Hinch: 02 6277 3168 senator.hinch@aph.gov.au

Senator Cory Bernardi: 02 6277 3278 senator.bernardi@aph.gov.au

Senator David Leyonhjelm: (02) 6277 3054 senator.leyonhjelm@aph.gov.au

Make a submission to Immigration

You can also email your views on the proposed citizenship changes. You have until 1 June 2017 to make your submission. Be polite, vulgar language won’t help our cause.

Related

Media release – Strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship

Strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship

What’s new for Australian citizenship submission

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