ONLY A REF­ER­EN­DUM CAN END CIT­I­ZEN­SHIP MESS

Geelong Advertiser - - YPOUR SAY - Alan Knott, Leopold

I BE­LIEVE that the present im­passe con­cern­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity of MHRs and se­na­tors to sit in our Par­lia­ment can only be re­solved by an al­ter­ation to our Constitution and, un­for­tu­nately, a ref­er­en­dum.

This view is ar­rived at af­ter con- sider­ing that, as in the re­cent case of Hun­gary and Josh Fry­den­berg, a coun­try can make ret­ro­spec­tive laws to con­fer cit­i­zen­ship upon peo­ple even with­out their knowl­edge.

I pro­pose that the ques­tion to be asked at the ref­er­en­dum should be [or sim­i­lar]: “That all [peo­ple nom­i­nat­ing to sit in the Par­lia­ment shall be Aus­tralian cit­i­zens, ei­ther by birth or by nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion”.

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