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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7196


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (17:17): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The coalition government is committed to strengthening requirements for Australian citizenship. The government's commonsense reforms are designed to maintain public confidence in the citizenship program and to support a prosperous and secure Australia. Citizenship forms the cornerstone of our successful multicultural society. It is disgraceful that Labor and the Greens are not even willing to debate measures to strengthen it. This motion is a stunt that demonstrates how little respect the Greens have for Australian citizenship. In lurching to the extreme Left and partnering with the Greens, Labor has hit a new low on border integrity.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator McKim, as amended, be agreed to.