New Citizenship Bill Senate inquiry

Citizenship Bill 2018 Senate Inquiry
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 citizenship applicants to have resided as a permanent resident for at least EIGHT years before they are eligible to apply.

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.

Online Survey

If you made a submission to the inquiry into the Citizenship Bill (2017), and your views have not changed, complete the online survey rather than make another submission. The survey will close at 5 pm 27 April 2018 AEST.

Public submissions 

The Senate Committee is accepting substantive submissions for the inquiry into the Citizenship Bill (2018). The deadline for submissions is 5 pm, 27 April 2018 AEST.

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.

Please note

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.

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