Australia unveils tougher citizenship laws

  • Australia unveils tougher citizenship laws

Australia unveils tougher citizenship laws

Some of the new citizenship test questions will canvass issues such as domestic violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage.

He said citizenship would only be granted to those who supported Australian values, respected the country's laws and "want to work hard by integrating and contributing to an even better Australia".

"We want people to demonstrate they have worked, sent children to school", immigration minister Peter Dutton said per the Business Insider.

Tougher criminal history checks, including involvement in gang activity or domestic violence.

Malcolm Turnbull's citizenship crackdown, to be announced on Thursday, comes just two days after the prime minister outlined an overhaul of the 457 temporary foreign worker visa system.

The 457 Visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries and the majority of such visa holders came from India, Britain and China.

A more stringent English language test will also be introduced, which will include "reading, writing and listening" components.

If an applicant failed the test three times they would have to wait another two years before they could sit it again.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the process - which migrants must undergo to become a citizen - will reflect "our" values as the Coalition Federal Government today outlined its strengthened Australian citizenship reforms.

Activist group GetUp said Turnbull's conservative government "accuses all immigrants. of not adhering with some confected notion of Australian values".

The proposed changes will also mean permanent residents will have to wait four years before applying for citizenship.

"This will be good for the applicants, good for the nation, underlining our Australian values at the very heart of Australian citizenship", he said.

"The fact that somebody might fudge an answer on a test or an application is no argument against us asking people if you want to become an Australian citizen, abide by our laws and our norms", Mr Dutton said.

"This is about allegiance and commitment to Australian values", he said. This will be determined through extra questions in the test.

"I have to say it seems a little odd to me that you would actually ask people whether or not they're going to obey when they have already to pledged to obey the law", she said.

"The opposition party has also spoken about the proposed changes and said that it's created to appease [the government's] conservative base and perhaps nationalist groups".

"One suspects that Malcolm Turnbull is having much greater focus on (predecessor) Tony Abbott or perhaps One Nation, than on any real and substantive change here", Labor Senator Penny Wong told ABC radio. He also said, five million people had committed to becoming Australian citizens since 1949, helping to secure and enrich the nation.