Senator Pauline Hanson has tabled a new Citizenship Bill in the Senate.
09 March 2018
Senator Pauline Hanson has introduced a new Citizenship Bill to the Senate. The Bill re-presents the Citizenship Legislation Amendment Bill (2017). The key difference is the requirement for permanent residents to reside for at least EIGHT years before they are eligible to apply for citizenship.
Read a summary of the proposed citizenship changes.
The Citizenship Bill has been referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, with a report due 04 December 2018.
The Committee has agreed that it will not accept form letters, petitions, or short statements of fewer than 250 words. As an alternative, the Committee has developed a short online survey to allow members of the public to express their view on the bill. The survey will close at 5 pm, 27 April 2018 AEST.
NZ 189 visa exemption
NZ 189 visa-holders will only need to meet the current residence requirement before applying for citizenship. That is, 4 years residency including at least the last 12 months as a permanent resident. This is due to the NZ 189 visa requiring applicants to have resided in Australia for five years.
It is unlikely that Hanson’s Citizenship Bill will be passed by the Senate. The Government will introduce their own Bill if they want to implement citizenship changes.