The immigration minister Peter Dutton had until this evening to bring the bill for debate in the Senate.
But that did not happen.
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia Tony Burke pre-empted the news with an announcement in the House of Representatives in the early afternoon, advising that “with the conclusion of government business in the Senate a few minutes ago, it means that the government’s citizenship bill will today be struck from the notice paper of the Senate and will no longer be before the parliament."
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia Tony Burke said, “This is a great victory for every person who wants to pledge allegiance to this country and make a commitment to Australia."
“The delay where some people would wait more than a decade before they made a pledge to Australia, has been rejected. The demand for university-level English has been rejected.
“I would urge those, celebrating this moment, who were involved in the campaign all around Australia, this government will try again and if under current law, you are able to apply now, I would recommend you to do so.
“And I recommend to the Department of Immigration those applications which are waiting, should now be processed.”
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed to ABC News that applications received after April 20 would be processed under existing laws.
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