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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9730


Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (18:35): I thank the Attorney for that explanation. As I understand your answer, you have indicated to the Senate that those administrative consequences which arise from the conduct that breaches the criteria established in this statute will flow from the issuing of the notice by the minister. I accept your argument that legally the conduct is what engages this statute and renounces the citizenship. I certainly accept and understand that, but I want to ask you: is my understanding correct that it is the issuing of the notice that will commence those administrative machinery actions around things like removal from the electoral roll and cancellation of passport? If that is right, what is the test that the minister would apply before signing that notice?