Dual nationals to stay on outer
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.