Turnbull courts disaster
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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”.