Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019
The submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019 was prepared by the Law Council of Australia.
The Bill seeks to amend the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) (the Act) to modify the provisions in the Act relating to terrorism-related citizenship loss. Key aspects of the Bill include proposals to:
- repeal existing sections 33AA and 35, which permit loss of citizenship through the operation of law for dual citizens who engage in specific terrorism related conduct;
- repeal existing section 35A, which allows for the loss of citizenship following a conviction for a terrorism related offence in certain circumstances;
- create a new Ministerial decision-making scheme whereby the Minister can make a determination for the cessation of citizenship based on certain conduct or convictions in certain circumstances;
- reduce the sentence term threshold for which a person convicted of a specified terrorism offence may be considered for citizenship cessation, from six years to three years; and
- replace the current requirement that a person be a national or citizen of a country other than Australia at the time the Minister makes a determination that the person ceases to be an Australian citizen, with a requirement that the Minister need only be satisfied that such a determination would not result in the person becoming someone who is not a national or citizen of any country.
You can read the full submission below.