Just how difficult is it to nominate for election as an MP or senator? Given how many MPs and senators have struggled to comply with the constitutional requirements for electoral eligibility, we thought we'd check to see if the paperwork for putting your hand up for election is the kind of thing that most of us would struggle to do accurately, which could give us a mite more sympathy for busy MPs and senators who've been caught out as foreigners.

Well, not so difficult, as it turns out. The forms to nominate as a candidate for election to the House of Representatives and the Senate are models of clarity. Just seven questions and a declaration, where would-be candidates are required to indicate that they are eligible under the constitution.