The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. This means that they are now able to discuss the bill in greater detail.
What is the bill's main idea?
The bill takes a more restrictive approach to granting Australian citizenship to new applicants. According to the [bills digest]9https://www.aph.gov.au/ParliamentaryBusiness/BillsLegislation/bd/bd1718a/18bd023), the bill:
contains a number of new amendments regarding citizenship policy. For applicants seeking Australian citizenship by conferral, the Bill proposes:
- an increase in the English language requirement from basic to competent
- the extension of the general residency requirement to four years of permanent residence
- the requirement to demonstrate integration into the Australian community
- the replacement of the pledge of commitment with a proposed pledge of allegiance and
- changes to the eligibility provisions of the citizenship test.
Other changes made by the bill are discussed at length in the bills digest.