Legal system, not citizenship reform, key to address perceived attacks on Australian values.

The Federal Government’s proposed citizenship reforms will do nothing to address a perceived attack on ‘Australian values’, according a Deakin University expert on cultural diversity and intercultural relations.

“The Government does not need to change the citizenship requirements when there is a whole legal system in place to address the issues being presented,” said Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of Deakin’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

“If these laws are not adequately addressing issues such as respect for the rule of law or children’s rights, then the changes are needed to the legal system itself, not to citizenship requirements.

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Fethi Mansouri