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Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2020


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Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Home Affairs

Summary

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: replace the current arrangements, whereby a person’s Australian citizenship automatically ceases through certain conduct, with a discretion for the Minister for Home Affairs to determine that a person who is a national or citizen of a country other than Australia ceases to be an Australian citizen if they have: engaged in specified terrorism-related conduct; fought for, or been in the service of, a declared terrorist organisation outside Australia; or engaged in conduct that results in a conviction for a specified terrorism offence; include transitional provisions to deal with cases where the minister is unaware that a person may have lost their citizenship under the current provisions; reduce the sentence term threshold for which a person convicted of a specified terrorism offence may be considered for citizenship cessation from 6 to 3 years; and extend the period in which persons convicted of a specified terrorism offence resulting in at least 3 years imprisonment may be considered for citizenship cessation from 12 December 2015 to 29 May 2003; and Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to review the operation, effectiveness and implication of the citizenship cessation provisions.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/09/19  
Second reading moved 19/09/19  
Second reading debate 02/09/20  
Second reading agreed to 02/09/20  
Consideration in detail debate 02/09/20 Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 02/09/20  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 03/09/20  
Second reading moved 03/09/20  
Second reading debate 03/09/20  
Second reading agreed to 03/09/20  
Committee of the Whole debate 03/09/20  
Third reading agreed to 03/09/20  
     
Finally passed both Houses 03/09/20  
Assent 17/09/20 Act no: 88 - Year: 2020
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet RC116]

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Senate
  • Independent [sheet 1039]
PATRICK, Sen Rex

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Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Referred to Committee (19/09/2019): Joint Standing Committee Intelligence and Security; Committee Report (01/09/20)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/10/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 8 of 2019
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (05/12/2019): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 1 of 2020
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)