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Monday, 26 February 2007
Page: 12


Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Minister for Human Services) (1:18 PM) —The government will oppose these amendments. We believe that the ASIO Act needs to be complied with before someone seeking to become a citizen can avail themselves of the provisions of the citizenship laws of this country, including what we hope will be a new law as a product of this debate today. The system as it has been described to me is that, if a person wanting to become a citizen has an adverse assessment by ASIO, they will obviously need to have that dealt with before they can seek to become a citizen. It is effectively saying that the ASIO Act, which is put in place to protect this country, needs to be complied with. Until that is complied with, no application can be considered under this act.