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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 132

Mr Brendan O’Connor asked the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, in writing, on 17 November 2004:

(1)   In respect of the speech to the Sydney Institute on 8 July 2004 by the previous Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs announcing the Government’s intention to redraft the citizenship resumption requirements for Maltese citizens who were born in Australia, who spent the greater part of their childhood in Australia and who were compelled to renounce their Australian Citizenship under Maltese law, will the Government honour the proposals for reform announced by the previous Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

(2)   When does the Government intend to present the proposed changes to the Parliament in the form of draft legislation.

Mr McGauran (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   & (2) Draft legislation to give effect to the amendments announced by my predecessor is expected to be available for introduction in the Parliament in 2005. The precise timing of the introduction of the legislation has not yet been determined but will of course need to take account of other Government priorities.