Labor against citizenship shake-up
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.