Parliament citizenship crisis has me shocked
Lordy be, I am totally confused.
Not senior citizen confusion, but due to the machination of political reasoning. Why?
To begin with, over many months we have been subjected to all the hoo-ha and ludicrous nonsense of who is and who is not eligible to hold down the position of senator in the Australian Parliament, with quite a number of politicians having to resign
As everyone is aware, some people who had been born in another country had dual citizenship but were unaware they were not eligible, so had to resign.
There were others, also born overseas who, being aware of the situation, had renounced their country of birth to be eligible.
Then, of course, we had the good old Australian-born person, who one thought quite naturally enough that as he/she were born here, would automatically pass muster to enter Parliament.
But the plot thickens, for if that person was born here in Australia and it so happened their father was born elsewhere — well goodness me, shame on them, they were not eligible, therefore had to resign from Parliament.
So it was that the news on TV on Friday February 2 — I found to be quite interesting, when we were shown the latest entry — Kenyan-born Lucy Gichuhi — being welcomed by Malcolm Turnbull into the Liberal Government fold.
There was more information in a story published in The Weekend West, where it tells of Senator Gichuhi being Australia’s first black African-born Senator, who came to Australia with her husband and three children in 1999. In her maiden speech, Senator Gichuhi spoke about her shock at receiving welfare payments.
Now, I don’t intend to take any credit whatsoever away from Senator Gichuhi — her perseverance, selfless sacrifice for family or her achievements — who, I believe, refuses to speak about dual citizenship.
However, I cannot help but speak about how people born overseas in the country in which their fathers were born, arrive here — and there are a number of senators here who hold that rank — by taking out Australian citizenship can enter into Australian politics that govern this country, when an Australian-born person whose father was born overseas cannot.
Does an Australian-born person have to take out Australian citizenship?