Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

24 July 2015

Citizenship Law

When the government proposes legislative measures to remove citizenship from Australians, it requires the Parliament to wrestle with some fundamental legal principles on which our democracy is founded.

The Federal Government has introduced three new provisions, which would strip dual nationals or citizens who engage in terrorist activity of their Australian citizenship. These provisions would be automatically triggered when a person either engages in prescribed terrorist-related conduct, serves or fights for a declared terrorist organisation, or if they are convicted of a specified terrorism offence as prescribed in the Criminal Code.

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