Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has demanded Labor support a major shake-up of Australian's citizenship laws, calling on the opposition to back new values-based questions that would focus on domestic violence, female genital mutilation and arranged marriages.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has responded by suggesting the proposed changes to citizenship laws were politically motivated to protect the Prime Minister's right flank from his predecessor, Tony Abbott, but said the opposition could back, for instance, greater English language proficiency.

Under changes announced by Mr Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, would-be citizens would have to be permanent residents for four years rather than one; a new English language test will be introduced and applicants will have to demonstrate they have integrated by getting a job, enrolling their kids in school and potentially joining a community organisation.

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