Australia to make citizenship tougher

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"In his Australia Day message for 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Australia as the "most successful multicultural nation in the world".

The Financial Review revealed that voters in Warringah received robocalls and letters from Mr Turnbull in the final week of the campaign to save Mr Abbott who, the polling showed, was deeply unpopular and losing primary votes to independents.

In the robocalls, Mr Turnbull said: "Hello, I'm Malcolm Turnbull".

Just two months after being attacked by senior coalition figures for criticising the government's direction, Mr Abbott re-emerged in the public spotlight on Easter Monday with a plan for reconnecting with the electorate.

Australia withdrew from a four-country security dialogue in 2008 under then prime minister Kevin Rudd, who feared the grouping would upset Beijing.

"Totally unfair. Ridiculous thing to say", he said.

Liberal party national campaign director Tony Nutt listens to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull address the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 30 June 2016.

While the source of today's leak is unknown, Mr Abbott told reports that the details of the polling was known by very few people.

Commentators speculated that it was in retaliation to Mr Abbott's continuing commentary - which one colleague demanded he stop - about the government's performance in opinion polls and key policy.

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"We must ensure that our citizenship program is conducted in our national interest".

"457 visas have played a big part in helping us grow so significantly over the past four years, and it would be a shame if other high-growth businesses would not be able to achieve that same level of success because of these changes".

When asked if Treasurer Scott Morrison would keep his job at the next Cabinet reshuffle, the prime minister insisted he would.

And so say all of us. "These are the people who are most likely to miss out on citizenship under the changes being planned by the Government", Mr Power said. We have more to lose if a growing group of Australian residents feel that they are not really welcome, that they have no long-term stake in building the nation.

But if you ignore such crude measures to identify Australian values, what else is there?

"I think it is reasonable to look for English proficiency, and I think it's reasonable to have some period of waiting time before you become an Australian citizen", Shorten said.

"We don't define ourselves, like many other countries do, by race or religion or ethnicity", he said. For example, people involved in criminal activity, including violence against women and children, gang membership and organised crime face having their citizenship bids rejected.

The Prime Minister suggested that ways of demonstrating integration could involve being on the Parents and Citizens council of their child's school, or joining a surf club or "service club".

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