La­bor against cit­i­zen­ship shake-up

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

CAN­BERRA: La­bor has said the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed cit­i­zen­ship changes are a ‘‘mas­sive over-reach’’ and will be op­posed.

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton has pro­posed mi­grants want­ing to be­come Aus­tralians will have to sit a stand-alone English lan­guage test be­fore be­ing al­lowed to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship and demon­strate a ‘‘com­pe­tent’’ level of read­ing, writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing.

The gov­ern­ment also wants to change the pe­riod of per­ma­nent res­i­dency from one year to four, in­tro­duce a new val­ues test, and stronger char­ac­ter checks.

La­bor spokesman Tony Burke said cau­cus de­cided on Tues­day to op­pose the bill, mean­ing the gov­ern­ment will need 10 cross­bench votes to pass it through the Se­nate.

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