Topic archives: constitution

EXCLUSIVE: the eternal glorious light of Pauline Hanson

May 14, 2018 7

This story is so exclusively exclusive it's going to make the front page of the Oz look like a middle school newsletter.

Reasonable missteps: what are the chances of dual citizen pollies in court?

August 23, 2017 6

With seven politicians being referred to the High Court in the dual citizenship scandal, Spencer Zifcak explains the sticky section 44 and what the courts likely decisions will be.

Oops, turns out the Nats don’t always ask wannabe MPs about their citizenship

August 18, 2017 4

How could the National Party have missed that three of its 22 federal MPs might be dual citizens?

Government makes Barnaby Joyce’s stuff-up even worse

August 15, 2017 19

Malcolm Turnbull has been badly let down by Barnaby Joyce -- but his handling of the citizenship crisis made it even worse.

Rampaging s.44 drags another victim under — and it’s a big one

August 14, 2017 52

Section 44 of the constitution has its teeth around another MP. This time, it's Barnaby Joyce in its death grip.

A complete list of politicians who might lose their seats over citizenship

August 1, 2017 16

Is anyone safe from the potential ravages of section 44 of the constitution? Crikey intern Angus McCubbing provides a list of those who could go.

LEAKED: draft letter from Matt Canavan proves he is seriously Italian

July 28, 2017 4

The man is about as dinky-di Aussie as a gelato-stuffed calzone.

Canavan’s caravan of confusion should have hit the road

July 26, 2017 45

It's unsurprising that Matt Canavan hasn't resigned from the Senate. The idea of responsibility is one that the major parties have little interest in.

Crikey Worm: Canavan caught by section 44, Bernardi raking it in, ICAC called in over Murray-Darling

July 26, 2017 1

Matt Canavan becomes the third senator pinged by section 44, Cory Bernardi books nearly $1 million and ICAC called on Murray-Darling allegations. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.

Section 44 claims Matt Canavan … but via the High Court?

July 25, 2017 10

Another politician has fallen foul of s44 of the constitution -- although because it's a minister, the government will race to the High Court to try to save him.

What we lose when we lose Scott Ludlam

July 17, 2017 21

The resignation of the biggest tech-head in Parliament will leave the Australian public the poorer.

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

July 17, 2017 11

A hitherto obscure and low-order candidate has been thrust into the spotlight: Jordon Steele-John, a 22-year-old disability advocate with cerebral palsy.

Labor looks for revenge in Gillespie High Court challenge

July 7, 2017 8

The decision to challenge National MP David Gillespie's eligibility to sit in Parliament is the same sort of tactic Tony Abbott used against Labor. What goes around, comes around.

Crikey Worm: Catholic school fight, indigenous advisory body debate

May 30, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition brings out the big guns (in the form of John Howard) in its fight with the Catholic school sector, and debate rages over the establishment of an indigenous advisory body in the Australian constitution. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.

Trump’s chaotic, dangerous behaviour exposes the limits of US democracy

May 17, 2017 31

Institutions of American democracy assure themselves and us that their collective cross-checking power and integrity can and will survive and recover from whatever depredations Trump and his cabal wreak. Don't be so sure ...

Culleton’s latest conspiracy theory bedfellow takes on the Queen (and money)

November 23, 2016 9

The man at the centre of One Nation Senator Rod Culleton's controversial court letter is another in a clutch of conspiracy theorist litigants surrounding the West Australian.

Poll Bludger: are Day and Culleton victims of a silly, outdated rule?

November 8, 2016 2

Section 44 of the Australian constitution was drafted in the late 19th century to ensure that only the "right" sort of person could make it to Parliament.

The vexatious litigant behind One Nation senator’s war on the High Court

November 7, 2016 5

A vexatious litigant with strongly literal take on the constitution and a problem with Catholicism is advising One Nation senator Rod Culleton on why the High Court is invalid.

Will One Nation’s second-wackiest senator try to prove the High Court is null and void?

November 4, 2016 13

One Nation Senator Rod Culleton argues Australia's courts lack authority because they don't mention the Queen enough. And something about the Freemasons. And now he can tell the High Court that in person.

Incurious George finds the Day detail a bit taxing

November 3, 2016 16

Didn't know, didn't care to know -- that's the most generous interpretation of the government's studied indifference to Bob Day's eligibility to be a senator.