The Hon Tony Burke MP
Shadow Minister For The Environment and Water
Shadow Minister For CItizenship and Multicultural Australia
Shadow Minister For The Arts
Member For Watson
Labor Calls on The Government to Reject Hanson’s Changes to Citizenship
Senator Pauline Hanson has introduced a private member’s Bill in the Senate which continues the government’s attack on Australian citizenship. All the themes of this Bill are consisted with Peter Dutton’s failed Bill which the Senate rejected last year.
Labor provides the same response to this Bill as we provided to Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton last year.
These changes proposed in this Bill are bad for Australia.
It is bad for Australia to establish a permanent underclass of non-citizens. It is bad for Australia to continue to delay, by years, permanent residents making a pledge of commitment to Australia.
Labor will reject Senator Hanson’s bill in the same way we rejected the Government’s proposals last year.
When it comes to Australian citizenship Labor will oppose these changes whether they appear in the name of Senator Hanson, Mr Turnbull or Mr Dutton.