Citizenship laws introduced to parliament this week

Citizenship laws introduced to parliament this week

The federal government’s new laws to revoke the Australian citizenship of people suspected of fighting with terrorist organisations is expected to dominate parliament this week.

The legislation would give the Immigration Minister the power to strip a dual national of their Australian citizenship without a criminal conviction, in a bid to stop them returning to Australia.

The Opposition says it supports the principle of the law but is unsure about the details, and is yet to confirm how it will vote.

But speaking in Canberra a short time ago, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his government remains committed to the legislation.

“My message to people who leave Australia to fight with terrorist armies in the Middle East is if you go, we don’t want you back, and if you’re a dual citizen, we won’t let you back,” he said.

Mr Abbott is expected to put the legislation to the Coalition party room on Tuesday, before introducing it to the House of Representatives in Wednesday.

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