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Citizenship: Greens tell PM Abbott the constitution is not an inconvenience

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Penny Wright 18 Jun 2015

The Greens say Tony Abbott will prove he is scared of his own Cabinet if he does not explain his citizenship laws before introducing them to Parliament next week.

"The constitution is not a mere inconvenience. If Mr Abbott was truly confident about these laws, he'd be taking them back to cabinet before introducing them," said Greens Legal Affairs spokesperson Senator Penny Wright.

"Only a couple of ministers have seen the legal advice and they won't say whether Abbott's citizenship laws are constitutional or not.

"We've seen huge divisions in the Coalition about this and its obvious Tony Abbott is running scared from his own Cabinet."

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it's good that Labor is finally expressing some doubts, and he's calling on the Opposition to join with the Greens in standing strongly against handing Minister Dutton such extraordinary powers.

"Both the old parties have already gone way too far in the name of ‘national security,' voting together to undermine privacy and basic freedoms," said Senator Di Natale.

"These laws are a mess. Australians can't afford a captain's call on citizenship.

"The Prime Minister has got to stop the secrecy and recognise his approach frightens the community, and does not make us safer."

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