Multicultural Council thanks Tasmanian Senators for Rejection of Citizenship Bill

Multicultural Council thanks Tasmanian Senators for Rejection of Citizenship Bill

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania thanked Tasmanian Senators for their role in the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill in the Senate yesterday.

The CEO of the Council, Anna Reynolds said that Tasmanian migrant organisations were relieved that the bill had been rejected.

“The changes were poorly designed and unfair. The proposals were causing a lot of anxiety among many people who are permanent residents and who had always hoped to become an Australian citizen.”

“The bill was going to lock people out of becoming Australian citizens with its focus on requiring university level English tests being passed. It was clear the proposals would have excluded vulnerable people such as refugees who have experienced disrupted education. It was also likely to disadvantage migrants from non-English speaking nations”.

“Australian citizenship provides a common bond that gives us a sense of belonging and unites all Australians, regardless of whether we were born in Australia or have decided to make Australia our home”.

The Multicultural Council thanked Senator Nick McKim for his motion to reject the further consideration of the Bill and all the Tasmanian Senators who supported this motion.

“The Council is thankful for the positive role played by Tasmanian Senators in preventing this bill passing into law.”

For more information contact Anna Reynolds on 0423 222 149

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