How Llew O'Brien voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should take a restrictive approach to granting Australian citizenship by introducing more eligibility requirements, such as applicants needing greater English language proficiency and needing to spend more time living in Australia before they can submit their applications

Division Llew O'Brien Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Aug 2017, 6:00 PM – Representatives Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill in the House of Representatives. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time. This means that the bill will now be sent to the Senate, where our senators will decide whether they agree with the House that the bill should become law.

What does this bill do?

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.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Aug 2017, 5:50 PM – Representatives Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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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.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Llew O'Brien was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.