Second Reading SpeechMr John Cobb (Parkes - Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs)
That this bill be now read a second time.
The Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2005 provides for the transitional changes and consequential changes to other legislation which are necessary following the repeal of the old act. The amendments proposed by this bill give effect to the transitional and consequential amendments which are necessary as a result of the amendments proposed by the principal bill.
I am confident that these bills achieve an appropriate balance between the inclusiveness of our citizenship legislation and the challenges of the world in which we live - a world where globalisation means no boundaries, a world where some seek to destroy our way of life and our values. There has never been a better time to be or become an Australian citizen. Today, more than ever, the value of Australian citizenship cannot be underestimated.
I would like to acknowledge the work of my predecessors in the development of this legislation. The Hon. Gary Hardgrave MP undertook the early groundwork for many of the policy changes reflected in the bills. The Hon. Peter McGauran MP continued that work and was instrumental in obtaining the necessary priority to ensure drafting of the bills.
I commend this bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.
Debate (on motion by Mr Gavan O'Connor) adjourned.