Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

AN ap­pli­ca­tion of com­mon sense in the in­tent of the Con­sti­tu­tion in re­la­tion to the cit­i­zen­ship saga would sug­gest two things only.

The first is to en­sure that per­sons born over­seas and liv­ing in Aus­tralia be­come Aus­tralian cit­i­zens and give up their over­seas cit­i­zen­ship prior to stand­ing for elec­tion. The sec­ond is to en­sure that those per­sons who are born in Aus­tralia are pre­vented from ap­ply­ing for cit­i­zen­ship of any other coun­try. Any­thing else is ir­rel­e­vant.

Deem­ing a per­son to be in­el­i­gi­ble by rea­son of cit­i­zen­ship by de­scent is not the in­tent of the law, only to pre­vent that per­son from ap­ply­ing for said cit­i­zen­ship. End of de­bate. Gerry McNally Bea­cons­field

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