Aug 18, 2017

Section 44: what you need to know (and the Nats should have)

With six parliamentarians now referred to the High Court, and the PM overly optimistic about his MPs' chances, we run you through what you need to know about the more high-profile dual citizenship debacles.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Nationals section 44

With the 45th parliament's descent into farce now complete, the government’s ability to keep its show on the road all the way to the next election is looking increasingly uncertain.

Yesterday's announcement by Senator Fiona Nash that she may have inherited British citizenship from her Scottish-born father brings the number of MPs whose citizenship issues stand to be adjudicated by the High Court up to six, three of whom are from the Nationals.

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13 thoughts on “Section 44: what you need to know (and the Nats should have)

  1. frey

    “But like so many of the government’s strategies of late, this one suffers a glaring flaw”
    What, just one?
    How about the other that none of the four ALP member are actually dual citizens, and that there is no case to hear?
    I do get uncomfortable when a sitting government feels they should be the ones to decide which opposition members are eligible or not.

  2. klewso

    “Bloody Greens”?

    1. nathan rogers

      “Bloody Pedant Lawyers” you mean.

      1. klewso

        I was speaking chronologically.

  3. mary wood

    I assume that we taxpayers will be paying for these High Court appearances. Perhaps if those who nominate as candidates and then get elected knew that they would have to pay their own costs for the court to sort out their stuff-ups they might be more careful – after that is most of us have to do with any legal isues.

  4. Wayne Cusick

    Is it me or does it seem a bit wrong the Baarnaby can contest the byelection for the seat he will have vacated?

  5. Woopwoop

    “Canavan can argue that it was entirely reasonable of him not to act on a situation he had no idea existed.”
    Maybe, if the court believes him. How likely is it that his mother applied on his behalf but never told him? How disfuntional would a family have to be to have that degree of non-communication?

    1. CML

      I have heard several times on/in the media, that the Italians have said NO ONE can become a citizen of their country as an adult (Canavan was 25) without personally applying and signing the relevant documents.
      Someone is telling porkies here…no prize for guessing who!!

      1. Marjorie Carless

        It’s the elephant in the room. Doesn’t make sense that your u can just be made a citizen without signing anything.

  6. klewso

    It beats me why we have to rely on their word they “knew nothink!” when they put their hands up to run for these positions – they’re politicians!

  7. AR

    Who will speak for Australia?
    Usually the Crown is the prosecutor in court so will the Solicitor-General argue for or against the Constitution?
    To put it in the vernacular, who’s screwing who(m)?

  8. Marjorie Carless

    I can’t believe the ignorance of these people. If you were preparing for an election as a member of parliament, surely if your parents either of them, were born in another country you would check on your whether you were automatically a citizenship of that country, that is, if you had read the rules or the party had ensured you knew the rules!!!!

    1. Alan Shore

      Ah, but the rules don’t apply to the LNP so they see no need to know them.

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