ON THE dual citizenship saga, the Australian Constitution came into effect on January 1, 1901, with Section 44 having five main points of exclusion, the first being “allegiance to a foreign power”.
In 1948 Australian nationality was created through the Citizenship Act and came into effect in 1949.
It is believed that Section 44 wording was changed in 1998 to being “intended to disqualify persons with dual citizenship regardless of whether they acquire their other citizenship voluntarily or involuntarily”.
In the past this would have meant that most of our parliamentarians and at least two prime ministers held their positions illegally.
I swore my Oath of Allegiance with the inclusion of wording “renouncing all other allegiance”, willingly proudly and with the understanding that from that moment on, I had no more ties to my birth country, only to now find that might not be so even though I have always been a vehement opposer of dual citizenship.
In 1986 the Hawke Government removed the renunciation requirement, followed by the Keating Government replacing the Oath of Allegiance with a Pledge of Commitment in 1994, watering down this sacrosanct document even more.
The way Section 44 stands and is interpreted at present coupled with a wish-washy naturalisation commitment to this country has put us in this disastrous situation.
We need clear black-and-white regulation for a stable future. Stop this witch-hunt on mostly innocent individuals and get on with hopefully choosing a government that will bring that stability. — OLGA GEORGE Berajondo
STOP WITCH-HUNT: We need black-and-white rules for a stable future, says one reader.