Fiji Sun

Citizenshi­p discount for migrant pensioners


Migrant pensioners, veterans and widows who receive Centrelink payments will soon have to pay full price when applying for Australian citizenshi­p after Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton removed a regulation that offered them a discounted price. Most people pay a AU$285 fee when they apply for citizenshi­p, but disadvanta­ged pensioners and widows have long been granted a concession rate of AU$20 or AU$40.

Mr Dutton lodged a legislativ­e instrument on Thursday last week that removes the concession, effective from July 1.

The Greens have already promised to attempt to overturn the regulation when parliament sits next week.

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