I welcome the Turnbull Government's release today of reforms to citizenship requirements which put Australian values at the heart of our migration policy.
These changes have been informed following the Australian Citizenship: Your Right, Your Responsibility – The National Consultation on Citizenship Report provided by the Hon Philip Ruddock MP and myself to Prime Minister Turnbull and Immigration Minister Dutton last year, as well as the 2016 Productivity Commission Report Migrant Intake into Australia.
Our consultation, which began in 2015, was detailed and widespread and I am pleased that the views of over 3,000 people and organisations have been reflected in today's changes.
Citizenship is a vital institution, but as our National Consultation demonstrated, there is a sense in the community that it is undervalued and misunderstood.
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse yet socially cohesive nations on earth. A strong migration and citizenship framework continues to underpin this success.
Australian citizenship binds all Australians in a common bond that celebrates common values, democratic beliefs and a commitment to freedom and prosperity.
These reforms are critical to our future as a strong and successful multicultural nation.
A detailed document Strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship outlining the changes is available at www.border.gov.au.
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