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Dual citizenship in politics

Why is dual citiizenship such a big 'crime' in politics?? I refer to the recent controversy surrounding a member of parliament. He has dual citizenship because his father (not him) was born in another country and for the life of me I cannot understand why on earth this little fact should deny him the right to sit in parliament. Surely there must be more to this story ..( other than what I have heard on the news)... to cause such an uproar from other members of parliament. Our politicians should be concentrating more on the running of this country rather than wasting their time on such a trivial matter as dual citizenship!

Last reply: 19th Sep 2017 / 8 replies / Post by Nefertari

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Migaloo

Posted by: Migaloo
Posted: 20th Aug 2017

Migaloo says: The biggest problem with dual citizenship is they may make decisions in parliament favouring the county they are a dual citizen with l think that is the biggest concern , like if it was China they may change a rule in their favour to own more homes in this country etc . Reply

Nefertari

Posted by: Nefertari
Posted: 21st Aug 2017

Migaloo says: The biggest problem with dual citizenship is they may make decisions in parliament favouring the county they are a dual citizen with l think that is the biggest concern , like if it was China...

Nefertari says: Thanks Migaloo for clearing that one up...I hadn't thought of that at all! Reply

Migaloo

Posted by: Migaloo
Posted: 21st Aug 2017

Nefertari says: Thanks Migaloo for clearing that one up...I hadn't thought of that at all!

Migaloo says: Glad to be of some help to you Nefertari,
It is a bit the same on the political donations side they take from over seas , l do not think this should be allowed with any party as l am sure it is used for bribes to change things some where in our country to suit that country that is donating this money also for their own benefit here .
Have a great day, warm regards Migaloo . Reply

chris01

Posted by: chris01
Posted: 21st Aug 2017

chris01 says: In 1901 when it all started with our Federation, how many of our Politicians who started then had duel citizenship.
This whole matter is getting out of hand and I hope the High Court does the right thing and give those who have duel citizenship without knowing time to denounce their citizenship. Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 24th Aug 2017

says: This is to ensure that the senators don't introduce policies that is against national interests and to deflect foreign influence Reply

bj

Posted by: bj
Posted: 28th Aug 2017

bj says: At one time I thought one had to be born in the county you wanted to be in that country's parliament.
Seems I was wrong, or it has changed. One can love many countries but should be true to only one. Reply

tessa

Posted by: tessa
Posted: 14th Sep 2017

tessa says: its not classified as a crime there is no penalty as such just it is in our written constitution all years ago and can only be changed by a referendum , if you wish to go into politics in the federal sphere read the rules abide by them then we wouldnt be having this conversation Reply

Bazz

Posted by: Bazz
Posted: 19th Sep 2017

Bazz says: You've all missed the point. This is a very important issue. Do you have any idea just how much legislation has been passed by just 1 vote? This debate should motivate you to question your identity as Australians & the fact that we are not really a sovereign nation at all! What does the Constitution mean when it says "foreign power"? How is it logical that we disqualify politicians whose home country also swears allegiance to the very same head of state as we do? Look at Section 42 of our constitution. Every member of the Upper & Lower Houses must grovel to QE2: "I will be faithful & bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs & successors, according to the Law." Then look at Section 44 which disqualifies any MP who "is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a citizen of a foreign power." So you can clearly see that our British Writers of our Constitution did NOT see neither the UK nor New Zealand, nor Canada nor any other country whose Head of State is QE2 as a "foreign power". So Fiona Nash, Malcolm Roberts & Nick X all get to keep their jobs, being traced back through British Citizenship. Similarly, Barnaby Joyce & Scott Ludlam's NZ citizenships are perfectly fine for the job they are doing. Even Larissa Walters' Canadian citizenship is quite acceptable in parliament today. How are any of these MP's home countries classed as a foreign power when no matter which of the Commonwealth of Nations they belong to all swear allegiance to the one same Queen & ultimately serve at Her Pleasure? Not until Australia becomes a Sovereign Republic can we be any more specific in defining that only those who were born here & are citizens here can serve as MPs. I dearly hope I live to see the day! Reply

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