Abbott attacks Labor on national security

New citizenship laws will be revealed in what will likely be a feisty final parliamentary week heading into the six-week winter recess.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed on Sunday that laws to strip the Australian citizenship of dual national terrorism suspects will be introduced, while again questioning Labor’s stance on the issue.

“On this, there is a fundamental difference between the Government and the Labor Party,” he said in a video message.

But Labor’s frontbencher Jason Clare wants to ensure that the legislation that will give Immigration Minister Peter Dutton the power to revoke someone’s citizenship will stand up to scrutiny in the high court.

“Let’s get the legislation introduced and get it right,” he said.

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Labor has yet to see the legislation and coalition MPs are only expected to be briefed on the bill on Tuesday before being introduced on Wednesday.

The joint intelligence committee of the parliament will launch an inquiry into the bill and take public and private submissions.

The government also plans to pass as many of its outstanding 2014 and 2015 budget measures as possible.

The coalition is guaranteed the passage of pension changes, which have been split into packages of bills that will be separately passed with the support of Labor and the Greens.

Labor and crossbench senators are also seeking to establish a Senate inquiry into exorbitant credit card interest rates.

On Wednesday, the Senate will hear the first speech of NSW Labor senator Jenny McAllister, who replaced veteran upper house member John Faulkner.

The Greens will seek inquiries into the video game industry and allegations that cash was paid to people smugglers in order to get them to return to Indonesia.

Reports into forestry investment schemes, transport energy resilience, stormwater management, proposed Parliament House security upgrade works, treaties and medicinal cannabis will be tabled in the Senate on Thursday.


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