Turn­bull courts dis­as­ter

Sunday Herald Sun - - OPINION -

THE dual cit­i­zen­ship is­sue is not Mal­colm Turn­bull’s fault, but his han­dling of it has been ap­palling.

First, he slammed two Greens, who vol­un­tar­ily re­signed, as be­ing sloppy, then he de­clared that the High Court would find Fiona Nash and Barn­aby Joyce prop­erly elected due to le­gal ad­vice that he would not sup­ply.

Now he de­clares sev­eral La­bor mem­bers and an in­de­pen­dent are in­el­i­gi­ble due to le­gal opin­ion he will not sup­ply.

The ma­jor dif­fer­ence is that the peo­ple he is now go­ing to re­fer to the High Court all took steps be­fore they nom­i­nated to de­nounce their cit­i­zen­ship, un­like the Lib­eral and Na­tional Party mem­bers.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that the High Court may say no but at least they took steps to re­nounce their cit­i­zen­ship, even if that con­fir­ma­tion may have come through af­ter nom­i­na­tion. THE si­lence of the Gover­norGen­eral in this MP cit­i­zen­ship fi­asco is truly deaf­en­ing. How can he re­main silent?

It’s not a party po­lit­i­cal is­sue, it’s a bla­tant, sys­temic con­sti­tu­tional breach that de­mands ac­tion.

Ex­pect­ing the Prime Min­is­ter to fix it is like ask­ing a bank CEO to do­nate their bonus. I PRE­SUME all peo­ple propos­ing to stand for par­lia­ment are is­sued with WEB her­ald­sun.com.au/let­ter EMAIL hslet­ters@her­ald­sun.com.au FAX (03) 9292 2112 in­for­ma­tion about how they should pro­ceed. It ap­pears lit­tle at­ten­tion was fo­cused on the laws of dual cit­i­zen­ship.

One would hope the politi­cians ap­ply more at­ten­tion to their work in par­lia­ment, as many have failed badly re­gard­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship laws. OB­VI­OUSLY the Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment has no idea about bring­ing up chil­dren. They can­not be smacked and when un­con­trol­lable in school are now to be bribed, with sweets and other meth­ods, to be­have them­selves (“Just be­have and win”, SHS, Nov 5).

When they be­come teenagers who con­tinue refuse to obey the law and are im­pris­oned, they are fur­ther bribed to “tidy their rooms” and to pre­vent them from ram­pag­ing and as­sault­ing prison guards. Black­mail is also a crim­i­nal of­fence.

Time for cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment to be brought back — then very few chil­dren or un­ruly teenagers will come back for a sec­ond help­ing. I WON­DER what the fu­ture of a so­ci­ety is that doesn’t ul­ti­mately look af­ter its own best in­ter­ests (for ex­am­ple, “Rate gouge tears farm­ers apart”, SHS, Nov 5).

Hav­ing spent some time re­cently with a farmer who was in­cred­i­bly stressed due to many pres­sures, all of which are be­yond his con­trol, it MAIL Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor Her­ald Sun, PO Box 14631 Mel­bourne Vic 8001 seems so un­fair. Here is a mem­ber of our com­mu­nity who is a 100 per cent pro­ducer of ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial prod­ucts, who goes about his work dili­gently and now finds him­self al­most driven into his ground.

Es­sen­tial ser­vices such as wa­ter and power are called es­sen­tial for a rea­son. Greed ap­pears to have su­per­seded com­mon sense.

What kind of man­age­ment would close down a re­li­able power source with­out a ready al­ter­na­tive (not sure about shovel ready, Dan, as it turned out) in place? I sus­pect man­agers of this cal­i­bre would last a month in pri­vate en­ter­prise. WHAT should I tell my son about vi­o­lence?

In the six years he’s been of age to go to pubs and clubs, I’ve spo­ken about be­ing safe out there. I’ve told him there are thugs who would do harm just for the laugh or the chal­lenge, to big note them­selves in front of mates ... please dar­ling, don’t get hurt, don’t be­come a statis­tic.

Just as im­por­tant, I’ve told him not to be the tor­men­tor, not to stir TEXT 197SAYIT (1977 2948) trou­ble and never, ever hit any­one as it can lead to them fall­ing and be­ing badly in­jured, paral­ysed or be fa­tal, in which case some­one loses their child and I lose mine.

With all the pub­lic­ity around coward punches and youths fall­ing and dy­ing, what was I to tell my son about the lack of pub­lic and me­dia out­rage over the thug who head­but­ted a for­mer prime min­is­ter re­cently? In­stead the thug, who did not even have the ex­cuse of youth, was ap­plauded on Face­book.

It’s OK though, be­cause around our din­ner ta­ble there was enough out­rage from my son for ev­ery­one.

I hope that thug did his par­ents proud be­cause I sure am proud of my chil­dren.

As for the max­i­mum eight-year sen­tence given to the one-punch killer of Pa­trick Cronin this week, that too is dif­fi­cult to ex­plain. BE­FORE the re­sults are fi­nalised, I would like to point out that I be­lieve that the same-sex mar­riage sur­vey was use­less.

From my per­spec­tive, the only log­i­cal an­swer to the ques­tion was “it all de­pends” and there was no box for that re­sponse.

Pre­sum­ably, the func­tion of mar­riage in so­ci­ety is stated or im­plied in the Act.

As we were given no in­for­ma­tion about what the Act says con­cern­ing the func­tion of mar­riage in so­ci­ety, the sur­vey ques­tion is “putting the cart be­fore the horse”.

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