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Citizenship

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Policy report

A right to come home? Repatriation rights and policy in Australia

A key pillar of Australia’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been its closure of international borders. This paper addresses the principal issues concerning repatriation policy, and sets out recommendations to address deficiencies.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...
Report

Modi’s manifesto promise: Assam National Register of Citizens has implications for all of India

This paper examines the operation of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) and draws attention to the diversity of illegal migrants who were not awarded citizenship.
Discussion paper

Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy: discussion paper

Some Australians report a growing sense that democracy is under threat. Around the world, voters seem increasingly dissatisfied with how democratic politics works for them. This paper discusses the current landscape and some of the relevant emerging trends.
Commentary

Grattan on Friday: Fixing citizenship imbroglio is not just a matter of better paperwork

Unwilling to confront the genuine and ongoing problems now the dual citizen genie is out of the bottle, the government says candidates for parliament simply need to get their paperwork in order.
Report

Excluded: The impact of section 44 on Australian democracy

Australia’s founders knew the circumstances and expectations of Australian society would change over time. To address this, they ensured Australian citizens could amend the Constitution, via a referendum, to reflect contemporary expectations. But quite rightly, it is not an easy process to change the rules...
Commentary

Yes, section 44 can be fixed

The parliamentary report on dual citizenship was barely out before the government rejected its key recommendation. It’s time for some lateral thinking, argues Peter Brent.
Commentary

Explainer: what the High Court decision on Katy Gallagher is about and why it matters

The present case turns on just how wide the “all reasonable steps” exception is held to be. Does section 44 just require a person to take all reasonable steps within their power to renounce, regardless of whether that renunciation is actually effective?
Chapter

Diversity, global citizenship and the culturally responsive school

In this chapter, Robert Hattam explores notions of citizenship and global citizenship through the prism of the culturally responsive school.
Report

Whether the conduct of the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) conformed to the principles of the Ministerial Code of Conduct in relation to his knowledge of former Senator Parry’s dual-citizenship status

This report examines the conduct of the Federal Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and whether he conformed to the Principles of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, in relation to his knowledge of former Senator, Stephen Parry's dual-citizenship status.
Commentary

The dual citizenship saga shows our Constitution must be changed, and now

It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians, argues Joe McIntyre.
Commentary

The Hesitators

The dual citizenship story is far from over — and perhaps it was Barnaby Joyce who hit the nail on the head.
Journal article

Civics and citizenship education in New Zealand: a case for change?

This article considers the case for a national strategy for civics and citizenship education in New Zealand and potential next steps for achieving this.
Commentary

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull government reels from new twist in the Parry affair

Instead of telling the Senate President, Stephen Parry, that he should be transparent, for the sake of the integrity of both the government and the parliament, senior Turnbull Government members allegedly encouraged him to 'wait and see.' This can only reinforce the Australian public’s deep...
Report

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 [Provisions]: report

This bill seeks to make changes to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Citizenship Act) and the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act), proposing to introduce additional requirements for people seeking to obtain citizenship by conferral.
Briefing paper

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - Bills Digest

This 'Bills Digest' looks at the Turnbull Government’s announcement on 20 April 2017, regarding a series of changes to citizenship policy with the intention to ‘strengthen citizenship’.
Commentary

Duel citizens and the postal survey: what might the High Court say?

George Williams is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales. This is the full text of his address to the National Press Club on 30 August 2017.
Commentary

Citizenship, the Nationals and Adani's uncertain coal mine

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will the Government's new citizenship test demand a university-level standard of English?

Tony Burke, the Opposition spokesman for citizenship and multicultural Australia, claims a new language test proposed by the Government would demand the same level of English proficiency that is required for university admission — a standard too stringent
Commentary

The department of perverse effects

The government’s toughening of citizenship rules would worsen the problems it seeks to tackle, argues Peter Mares.