Citizenship revocation regulations likely to pass after Labor agreed to changes

November 30, 2015
The new regulations that enlarge the Australian government controls to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals of Australia are expected to pass the federal parliament by the end of this week, after Labor had agreed to the last minute changes.

The Australian government law has been amended many times amid constant concerns that the suggestions will be susceptible to a high court challenge.

New laws to cancel the citizenship of Australia of dual nationals are likely to pass

Labor had agreed to support the initial group of changes of the government but for the second group of changes the support has came in smaller number.

The changes relate largely to two parts of the law, with one surrounding the drafting mistake which involves the usage of the word “and” instead of “or”.

The other correlates to the cancellation by the conduct requirements that generate an automated mechanism for the individuals who had gone overseas and are believed to have surrendered their citizenship as the consequence of conduct.

It has been understood that this regulation is targeted at describing clearly about the discretionary role of Peter Dutton, Australian Immigration Minister, in letting off individuals from such cancellations.  It represents an additional effort of staving off the challenge of the high court of the law.

The labor had agreed at the special caucus meeting on Monday for supporting the amendments. This week is the concluding parliamentary sitting week of the year 2015, and the bill would require to get passed if it is to become the regulation prior the conclusion of this year.

The Australian government had earlier agreed to make the changes, which also includes limiting the cases in which the individual will be taken to have automatically give up their citizenship of Australia without the need for assurance.

This will make sure this automatic renunciation can apply only to the individuals who had engaged in violence related activities outside of Australia.

The minister powers will be demonstrative for the existing conviction where the court has forced the jail terms of ten years under the earlier agreed amendments.

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