Citizenship requirement changes pass lower house

The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says he makes no apologies for setting high expectations in the national interest as he prepares for his proposed citizenship changes to be put to the senate.
The Turnbull government used its numbers in the lower house to pass the bill there on Monday night.
“Australian citizenship should be highly valued and the government’s changes will ensure that it is a privilege obtained by only those who’ve demonstrated the most sincere commitment to Australia, our values and respect for our laws, as it should be,” Mr Dutton said in the chamber.
“Regrettably, Australia faces a real and increasing threat from people who embrace violence as a means to pursue extremist beliefs and ideology and therefore reject the values fundamental to Australia, and we should have the necessary levers to ensure such individuals do not benefit from the great privilege that is Australian citizenship.”