CHANGES TO CITIZENSHIP LAWS INTRODUCED INTO PARLIAMENT

The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) has been introduced into Parliament. This Bill implements the commitment made by the Turnbull Government to strengthen the test for Australian citizenship by putting Australian values first. This Bill puts into effect requirements that applicants will pledge…

STRENGTHENING THE INTEGRITY OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP

The Turnbull Government will strengthen Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements. Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in English, have been a permanent resident for at least four years and commit to embracing Australian values. Australia is an immigration nation. We are the most successful multicultural…

PUTTING AUSTRALIAN WORKERS FIRST

The Turnbull Government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers and creating a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages. This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow…

FLOOD-RESILIENT BRIDGE FOR DRAPER

Moreton Bay Regional Council will construct a new $5 million bridge over the South Pine River at Draper to provide better access and flood immunity for motorists and residents in the local area. Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance said an 80m-long, three-span bridge would be built east of Heather Anne Drive, Draper and replace an…

PRESCHOOLERS CAN LEARN A LANGUAGE IN 2017

Preschools and child care centres in the Federal electorate of Dickson can join a national programme which introduces preschoolers to a second language. The Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) programme, after a trial period, is now open nationally. Under the ELLA programme – a play-based way for children to learn – preschoolers can…

STAY SMART ONLINE

Internet fraud and scams is a growing problem in our connected world. Australians reported losing more than $80 million to internet fraud last year according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Common tools that cyber criminals use are; links that are sent by SMS, video links on social media and emails from unknown contacts…

DICKSON’S LOCAL HEROES RECOGNISED

Australia Day is the time that we announce the annual Dickson Community Awards, which recognise local people who through volunteer work or community service have made our communities a better place and for those who record extraordinary achievements. This year’s Dickson Citizen of the Year was Merv Brown (Samford). This award is to recognise an…

DICKSON WELCOMES NEW CITIZENS

The new year is well and truly underway with children back at school and all of us back into our work routine. After Christmas and New Year, Australia Day looms as an important date on all our calendars. I was privileged on Australia Day to attend Samford Rotary Club’s Citizenship Ceremony and as Minister for…