Citizenship laws introduced to parliament today

Citizenship laws introduced to parliament today

The government’s legislation to strengthen citizenship laws have been introduced to parliament today, allowing the Opposition to get its first look at the details of the bill.

The legislation was put to the Coalition party room yesterday, and the government has confirmed it is not going ahead with a controversial measure to give the Immigration Minister the power to strip foreign fighters of their Australian citizenship.

Instead, Australia will block the return of dual citizens suspected of terror activity, based on security advice, while anyone convicted of a terror crime can be deported.

But its unlikely the legislation will be debated on before the parliamentary winter break, with the laws to first be considered by the joint houses committee on intelligence and security.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says as the draft bill stands, it does not allow for restrospectivity, meaning the laws will not apply to people already convicted of terror crimes.

Mr Dutton has told the ABC this morning, since September, 23 people have been arrested on terrorism charges in Australia.

He says the legislation will now be examined by the joint houses committee on intelligence and security, to determine whether the laws could be applied retrospectively.

“The bill in it’s current form is not retrospective but there is a question about whether or not there should be some applicability to the 23 or to those serving jail sentences now,” he said.

“That’s an issue for the committee, which is a joint committee between Liberal and Labor, to have a look at that question, but we don’t propose retrospectivity in its current form.”

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