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Jul 27, 2017

Are Canadians, New Zealanders and Italians more scared of us than we are of them?

How do Australia's provisions for keeping foreign insurgents out of Parliament stack up against those of other countries? Crikey intern Angus McCubbing investigates.

Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and now Liberal-National Party Senator Matt “the Accidental Italian” Canavan, have all recently fallen foul of section 44(i) of the Australian constitution, with the two Greens resigning immediately, and Canavan resigning his ministry but vowing to fight in the High Court to keep his Senate seat.

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4 thoughts on “Are Canadians, New Zealanders and Italians more scared of us than we are of them?

  1. Barbara Haan

    Well past time ‘Straya got it’s act together.

    1. Decorum

      Oh, I dunno: if this whole farce (pronounced ‘farchay’ by Sr Canavan) manages to purge the venal, integrity-free, coal-loving, protectionist reactionary Matteo Canavane from our Senate then it might be worth the loss of two decent people, I reckon.

      1. AR

        No tonnage of Canavans could make up for the loss of Ludlam or Waters.

  2. Rais

    When the Australian Constitution was written Australian citizenship was not envisaged. The problem should be capable of solution by legislation interpreting the relevant section by specifying that the adoption of Australian citizenship nullifies any foreign citizenship in Australian law regardless of what any foreign government may believe. Otherwise Irish law could disqualify anyone with an Irish parent or grandparent and Israeli law could disqualify any Jew regardless of their ancestry. Another country’s legislation is null and void in Australia so why should this be any different?