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Law Council of Australia


Supplementary submission to the Review of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019

On 18 October 2019, the Law Council of Australia appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in relation to the review of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019 (the Review).

In the course this public hearing, the Law Council took one matter on notice. Committee member Senator Keneally noted the Law Council’s recommendation in its submission to the Review, dated 17 October 2019, that when the Minister or any other decision maker is exercising his or her powers under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) (the Act), he or she should be required to consider the likely effects of citizenship cessation on any dependents and what, if any, alternative arrangements might apply.

Specifically, Senator Keneally asked the following question:

'Under the laws proposed, somebody could have maintained their Australian citizenship up to now and given birth to children who they had passed on Australian citizenship to and, if there is retrospectivity in this, is it possible that those children could also lose their Australian citizenship if their parent were to lose it?'

You can read the full submission below.


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