Deprivation of citizenship for treason and terrorism offences

Citizenship is a privilege, not a right.   We should expect that those people who migrate to Australia and become Australian citizens, understand and demonstrate a commitment to the values that guide us and the Australian way of life.

People who engage in criminal activity that is threatening or damaging to Australia’s national interest and security, should be deprived of their citizenship.  Such activity would include the offences of treason and terrorism.

The Citizenship and Migration Acts need to be amended to insert provisions for the deprivation of Australian citizenship for treason and terrorism offences.

A person deprived of citizenship would lose any right or benefit of citizenship, including the right to make an application for a visa and live in Australia.

Deprivation of citizenship would mean the person becomes an unlawful non citizen, and liable for immediate detention and removal.