Australian Citizenship – Your Right, Your Responsibility


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Presenter:  Hon Philip Ruddock MP and Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Date: Aug 31, 2015

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Contact person:  Ron Mitchell
T: (08) 8945 9122
E: Ron.Mitchell@mcnt.org.au

Location:  Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory

The Commonwealth Government has launched a national consultation process to improve understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship. These consultations are being led by the Hon Philip Ruddock MP and Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. You are invited to attend the consultation for the Northern Territory which will be at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Monday 31 August 2015. The registration desk opens from 1.00 pm. Please feel free to promote this notice through your networks.

The Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to include provisions to revoke the Australian citizenship of dual nationals who engage in acts of terrorism.

The new powers will apply to dual citizens who fight with or support groups such as ISIL or Daesh, as well as so-called 'lone wolves' and will apply whether the terrorism occurs in Australia or on foreign soil. The changes will be consistent with Australia's international legal obligation not to leave a person stateless. There will also be safeguards, including judicial review, to balance these powers.

The Commonwealth wants to initiate a national conversation about citizenship that will enable us to consider whether the rights and responsibilities of citizenship are well understood and how we can better promote these, including among young Australians. The consultation will seek the public’s views on further possible measures, including the suspension of certain privileges of citizenship for those involved in serious terrorism.

The official invitation from Mrs Natasha Griggs MP to attend the consultation this afternoon and the invitation to provide a written submission to the National Consultation on Australian Citizenship are attached.

The Australian Citizenship - Your Right, Your Responsibility discussion paper

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