Australian citizens who hold joint-citizenship from one of the seven Muslim-majority nations on the banned list will be exempt from Trump’s new executive order.
The seven countries from which citizens will not be able to travel to the US include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Malcolm Turnbull confirmed Australians are exempt from Trump's 'Muslim ban'
Mr Turnbull announced the exemption following a call from Joe Hockey – Australia’s ambassador to the US.
The Liberal Party leader told Sky News: “Australian passport holders will be able to travel to the United States in the same way they were able to prior to the executive order.”
More than 110,000 Australian resident were born in one of the seven banned countries. Those citizens will still be able to travel during Trump's temporary travel ban.
Trump’s executive order brings about a 90-day temporary ban on migrants arriving in the US from seven-majority Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on all Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the US.
British and Canadian dual nationals will also be permitted to travel to the US during the temporary ban.
Mr Turnbull was blasted for refusing to join other world leaders who have condemned Trump’s temporary ban.
The Australian leader said: “When I need to… give frank advice, fearless advice to the United States government, I do so privately.
“To do my job, which is to advance Australia's interests, protect Australian citizens, ensure that Australians can travel to and from the United States in the normal way, to do that, it is best that I reserve my comments on American domestic policy for private discussions with the president or his senior officials.”
Mark Dreyfus, Labor’s national security spokesman, said: "Malcolm Turnbull, as our Prime Minister, needs to speak up and needs to stop being weak and spineless, which is the way he is approaching this at the moment.
"He needs to explain clearly and simply to the US that this is wrong, that its not in accordance with the dearly held Australian values of their friend, Australia.
"We need to try to explain to the US the chaos this is causing."
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