The Liberal Government’s disastrous handling of citizenship cases shows the Department of Home Affairs must be broken up, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.
“As the Australian National Audit Office has today made clear, the Liberals have dragged their feet on citizenship timeframes since the Department of Home Affairs was created,” Senator McKim said.
“This is borne out of the Liberals’ fundamental disrespect for migrants, and obsession with kicking people out of our society, and that culture has clearly infected the department.”
“The delays are having real impacts on people’s ability to live, work and participate in Australian society.”
“This is a department that has completely failed in what should be one of its primary goals – making people feel welcome in our community.”
“It’s time the Department of Home Affairs was scrapped, and replaced by a Department of Immigration and Citizenship."