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Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009

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2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 20), after item 2, insert:

2A  After subsection 21(2A)

Insert:

Refugee and humanitarian visa holders

          (2B)  A person is eligible to become an Australian citizen if the Minister is satisfied that the person holds or has been granted a refugee or humanitarian visa.

[humanitarian and refugee exception]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 4 (lines 3 and 4), omit “outside Australia”.

[expanded torture and trauma exception]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 4 (lines 12 to 21), item to be opposed .

[eligibility for minors: retain ministerial discretion]

(4)     Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 27), after item 6, insert:

6A  Subsection 24(1A)

After “21(2),”, insert “(2B),”.

6B  Subsection 24(2)

After “21(2),”, insert “(2B),”.

[humanitarian and refugee exception]

(5)     Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 27), after item 6, insert:

6C  After subsection 24(2)

Insert:

Minors

          (2A)  In making a decision under subsection (1) in relation to a person who is eligible to become an Australian citizen under subsection 21(5) ( the child ), the Minister must give primary consideration to the best interests of the child.

[eligibility for minors: best interests of the child]