Dual na­tion­als to stay on outer

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ROB HAR­RIS

MAL­COLM Turn­bull has ruled out ask­ing Aus­tralians to vote on chang­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low dual na­tion­als to sit in par­lia­ment be­cause he says it would not be sup­ported.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment was urged to sched­ule a ref­er­en­dum to re­peal or mod­ify Sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion which bans dual na­tion­als from en­ter­ing par­lia­ment by a cross-party par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

In­stead, the gov­ern­ment is likely to adopt a series of other pro­pos­als can­vassed in the com­mit­tee’s re­port to tighten the test­ing around can­di­dates in a bid to weed out those who are in­el­i­gi­ble un­der Sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Fif­teen MPs have been dis­qual­i­fied or forced to re­sign from par­lia­ment in less than 12 months amid the cit­i­zen­ship scan­dal which has plagued all par­ties.

It’s un­der­stood the gov­ern­ment will con­sid­er­ing a range of mea­sures in­clud­ing a re­quire­ment for all can­di­dates to make a pub­lic dis­clo­sure of their fam­ily cit­i­zen­ship history when they nom­i­nate as well as any other in­for­ma­tion that may con­tra­vene Sec­tion 44 in­clud­ing de­tails of any bank­ruptcy, crim­i­nal con­vic­tions and Com­mon­wealth con­tracts.

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