The 45th Parliament of Australia. (Photo: ABC News, Nick Haggarty)
7.20 pm 18 October 2017
The proposed citizenship changes will not be implemented after the Citizenship Amendment Billwas struck down by the Senate today. Oz Kiwi can now confirm that current citizenship law applies.
18 Oct 2017
The Citizenship Amendment Bill must be debated today or it will fail. If that happens expect Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to introduce a new Bill, he has already said he wants to make changes to it.
The Citizenship Bill is listed for debate in the Senate today. It is the 4th Bill on the Order of Business so it is very unlikely that it will be debated – there isn’t much Government Business time today.
That means the Bill will be discharged from the Notice Paper at 7:20pm tonight.
Oz Kiwi will not respond to questions on any individual’s application or questions about the next step. Watch this space for updates.
Oz Kiwi doesn’t know where this leaves citizenship applications made post 20 April, however, given the length of processing times they won’t get looked at until December anyway.
Questions about your application or what happens next are best directed to the Dept of Immigration via their Facebook page as that gets responded to more quickly than other points of contact. Please do not provide personal details on a public forum.
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