My speech in Parliament on citizenship delays - 9 September, 2019

Citizenship under this government is one of almost selective discrimination. It's either incompetence or it's deliberate, but the actual slowing down of the process has marred the citizenship process.


Many of my constituents are frustrated by the delays in the citizenship process. Some of them have been waiting for as much as 35 months. Many of them have fled war-torn countries. They're grateful to be here in Australia. They're grateful for the safety and the security that settling in our country offers them. They're grateful for the ability to live in a democratic country and for the opportunities afforded to them.

They want to be able to share our freedoms and obligations in a way that's equal to the other people in the community as an Australian citizen.

Thank you to Tony Zappia MP for raising this important motion on citizenship delays in Parliament.