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     8 Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed.

Mr Conroy moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1)    welcomes the move by the Government to fix the significant problems with two of the existing terrorism-related citizenship loss provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 , sections 33AA and 35;

(2)    recognises that sections 33AA and 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 operate in an uncontrolled and uncertain manner, which may lead to unintended or unforeseen adverse security outcomes;

(3)    further recognises that the bill would replace sections 33AA and 35 with a ministerial decision-making model of citizenship-cessation, which will allow the potential for adverse security outcomes to be better managed; and

(4)    calls on the Government to:

(a)    ensure that the bill is on the strongest possible constitutional footing;

(b)   also ensure that the powers in the bill are used judiciously and in the best interests of Australia and Australians; and

(c)    implement the recommendations of Labor members of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Dutton (Minister for Home Affairs) presented an addendum to the explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


Mr Dutton presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the bill.

On the motion of Mr Dutton, the Government amendment was made.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Dutton , by leave, the bill was read a third time.