Lit­tleproud re­flects on iden­tity

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - David Lit­tleproud MP Mem­ber for Mara­noa

PEO­PLE took time out yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day, and all that make this na­tion great.

In the lead-up to Aus­tralia Day, I found my­self con­tem­plat­ing what it means to be Aus­tralian.

Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship should be cher­ished and en­ter­ing, or re­main­ing, in Aus­tralia is a priv­i­lege.

We need to strengthen cit­i­zen­ship laws so they bet­ter align with Aus­tralian val­ues. That’s why I sup­port a tougher cit­i­zen­ship test for any po­ten­tial Aus­tralian fol­low­ing con­cerns that Aus­tralia’s short-term visa pathways could be ex­ploited by ter­ror­ists seek­ing ac­cess to our coun­try.

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton has also flagged other re­forms for con­sid­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing drop­ping the age at which good char­ac­ter pro­vi­sions ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship from 18 to 16.

These re­forms are about mak­ing sure Aus­tralia re­mains safe and I strongly sup­port any move by this gov­ern­ment to make our cit­i­zen­ship rules more ro­bust a pri­or­ity.

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