Elec­tion only an­swer to cit­i­zen­ship fi­asco

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

THE cit­i­zen­ship fi­asco has claimed an­other scalp, in the shape of Jacqui Lam­bie (pic­tured).

Of the two most out­spo­ken women in the Se­nate, if I had to choose be­tween Lam­bie and Pauline Han­son, I would go for Lam­bie every time.

She may be a bit brash and abra­sive at times, but she stands up for her prin­ci­ples and is not afraid to strongly enun­ci­ate and pros­e­cute them in the Se­nate.

I re­mem­ber well Han­son’s short term rep­re­sent­ing our com­mu­nity as the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Ox­ley. We never saw her. She was too busy gal­li­vant­ing across Aus­tralia, at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense, pro­mot­ing her­self and her fledg­ling party.

Han­son puts her­self be­fore peo­ple and has not changed in more than 20 years. Now we see her on the cam­paign trail in the Queens­land elec­tion mak­ing prom­ises to the elec­torate that she and her party will never be able to keep. It looks as though the LNP is hitch­ing a ride on her fall­ing star. Les Bryant, Du­rack WITH Jacqui Lam­bie quit­ting the Se­nate, hav­ing dis­cov­ered she is of par­tial Scot­tish her­itage, some­thing must oc­cur im­me­di­ately to cease the Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship stale­mate sit­u­a­tion that has ru­ined the ca­reers of our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. Why is this seem­ingly crazy, petty sit­u­a­tion rear­ing its ugly head now, rather than when these peo­ple first se­cured their po­si­tions? Chris Banks, West End SURELY we need to give all Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans a month to es­tab­lish their cre­den­tials, and then call a gen­eral elec­tion. The coun­try is go­ing down the gur­gler be­cause we have a govern­ment that is in­com­pe­tent at best, and an Op­po­si­tion that suf­fers from se­vere delu­sions of com­pe­tence. Let us clear the deck and start again while there’s still some­thing to save. Barry Ge­orge, Bray Park IS IT not ironic that the first ac­tion of those Se­na­tors who re­placed those with dual cit­i­zen­ship was to take an oath of al­le­giance to the Queen of Eng­land and her heirs? Mar­lene Wat­son, Boon­dall IN THE dual cit­i­zen­ship de­ba­cle we have in­di­vid­u­als who have en­tered the Par­lia­ment or Se­nate in a fraud­u­lent man­ner that was en­dorsed by their par­ties.

Apart from res­ig­na­tion or dis­missal, should we not ex­pect these in­di­vid­u­als or their par­ties to suf­fer some penalty for this de­ceit­ful and un­con­sti­tu­tional be­haviour?

These in­di­vid­u­als are guilty of re­ceiv­ing salaries and perks un­der false pre­tences and should be re­quired to meet the cost of re­counts and or by­elec­tions they have oc­ca­sioned by this con­duct. Mil Clay, Car­ring­ton

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