Peter Dutton's proposal for tougher citizenship requirements has failed in the Senate

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton’s proposal for tougher citizenship requirements has been killed off after it failed to reach debate in the Senate on Wednesday.

Among the draft laws were proposals to extend the waiting time for permanent residents to apply for citizenship, tougher English language tests and extra powers for the minister.

The Australian reports, even after an attempt to save the bill by changing the level of English competency from “competent” to “modest”, the legislation still couldn’t get the support from the Nick Xenophon Team, which was needed for it to be successful.

When the government failed to reach the Senate’s deadline, it was removed from the notice paper.

For it to be revisited, the government will need to win a motion to restore it.

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