This article was original published on New Matilda.
Citizenship has been a hot topic for the Australian government over the last year. While debate surrounding the new anti-terrorism laws has received significant attention, another hidden attack on citizenship is taking place behind the scenes.
Refugees on permanent visas, who have been in Australia for over four years and are thus eligible to receive citizenship have been experiencing significant delays when applying.
Most of these people have one thing in common – they applied for protection after arriving in Australia by boat.
Now, four years later, they are still being punished simply because of a choice they made under desperate circumstances.