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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 9941


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (22:07): They may. In the event that they engage in conduct of the kind referred to in sections 33AA or 35, they are deemed by the act to renounce their Australian citizenship. The minister has a power of excusal. In the event that they are convicted by a court of a terrorist crime defined by the act, the minister may, having regard to various criteria set out in the act, decide to revoke their citizenship. But those two provisions only apply to dual citizens. Either because they have by their own act renounced their Australian citizenship or because they have been convicted by a court, sentenced and subsequently had the minister decide to revoke their citizenship, in those two circumstances they would cease to be Australian citizens. Their citizenship then becomes the citizenship of the other nation of which they have citizenship. Their rights as citizens of that nation will be determined according to the citizenship law of that other nation.