Australian Citizenship changes blocked by team of Nick Xenophon

Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship changes have been blocked by the team of Nick Xenophon that derails the attempt by the Immigration Minister to enact tough laws for citizenship. The team led by Nick Xenophon has declined to support the contentious changes in their existing form.

The result is that either the Australian government will have to make comprehensive changes to the controversial Australian Citizenship changes or dump it. The decision by Nick Xenophon’s team follows several weeks of public hearings for the government’s bill. During these hearings, Senators were cautioned frequently that Australian Citizenship changes would dissuade people from applying for the citizenship of Australia.

Stirling Griff the Senator from Nick Xenophon’s team said that after the several hearings, it became evident that the Government is attempting to fix issues that do not exist at all. Many witnesses during the hearings indicated that the Australian Citizenship changes were all about One Nation. It also showed that Liberals are obsessed with this idea, said Griff, as quoted by The Guardian.

There are some aspects of the bill that can be supported provided there are changes made, added the Senator. But the bill definitely must be revamped, said Griff. The Turnbull government needed the support of 10 crossbenchers out of 12 as both the Greens and Labor opposed the bill.

Tony Burke the shadow Immigration Minister said that he welcomes the decision by Nick Xenophon’s team to reject the Australian Citizenship changes. He said that the Labor Party is happy to hear that even the team of Nick Xenophon is opposing the bill.

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