McGowan calls for MPs’citizenship status on register
CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) wants federal parliamentarians to confirm citizenship status on the Commonwealth members’ interests register.
Ms McGowan said any federal candidate as a matter of course should confirm before nominating for election that their citizenship conforms to section 44 of the Australian constitution.
The constitution says a person is incapable of being chosen or sitting as a parliamentarian if they are “under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power”.
The court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, is to consider the matters in the weeks ahead.
Ms McGowan said there was currently no process for elected parliamentarians publicly to disclose evidence of their citizenship status.
“The ongoing uncertainty about the citizenship status of (members) is undermining the business of the parliament,” Ms McGowan said.
“My motion will amend the resolution relating to the registration of members’ Interests so that the citizenship status of the member, the member’s parents and grandparents, and evidence of reasonable steps taken to renounce foreign nationality by the member is recorded.”