Cit­i­zen­ship fi­asco pun­ishes peo­ple

Countryman - - OPINION -

Judg­ing by the de­ci­sion of the High Court, it would ap­pear that when the Aus­tralian govern­ment changed the def­i­ni­tion of an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, it in­ad­ver­tently be­stowed for­eign cit­i­zen­ship upon hun­dreds of thou­sands, if not mil­lions, of our peo­ple.

I am one of those peo­ple, but un­til the dual cit­i­zen­ship fi­asco erupted in Fed­eral Par­lia­ment, it was a si­t­u­a­tion about which I was blithely un­aware.

Why should in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing our politi­cians, be pe­nalised for this in­com­pe­tence?

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