Born-and-bred Aussie

‘I will pro­vide birth cer­tifi­cates’: Ho­gan

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Cait­lan Charles cait­lan.charles@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

KEVIN Ho­gan con­firmed he is third gen­er­a­tion Aus­tralian, dis­pelling any thought the seat of Page could get swept up in the gov­ern­ments cit­i­zen­ship cir­cus.

“Both my par­ents and four grand­par­ents were born in Aus­tralia. I will pro­vide birth cer­tifi­cates,” he said.

“I think ev­ery­one should ad­here to the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

With the on­go­ing cit­i­zen­ship is­sues, Mr Ho­gan said the Govern­ment has pro­posed an ‘or­derly process’ which will help de­ter­mine whether any other mem­bers of par­lia­ment will need to be re­ferred to the High Court.

“The Govern­ment will ask the House and Sen­ate to re­quire par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to dis­close ba­sic facts about their cit­i­zen­ship on the reg­is­ter of in­ter­ests. This is the same dis­clo­sure re­forms par­lia­men­tar­i­ans al­ready have to do with their fi­nan­cial and pe­cu­niary in­ter­ests,” he said.

“The dis­clo­sure will have to take place within 21 days of the House or Sen­ate pass­ing the mo­tion.

“The reg­is­ter of in­ter­ests re­gard­ing cit­i­zen­ship will be made pub­licly avail­able just as fi­nan­cial and pe­cu­niary in­ter­est are.”

Since former Greens Se­na­tor Scott Lud­lam was dis­cov­ered to have a dual cit­i­zen­ship with New Zealand in July, the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment has lost a num­ber of politi­cians,

in­clud­ing Ben­ne­long MP John Alexan­der at the week­end.

De­spite the loss of Coali­tion mem­bers, in­clud­ing former Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce and Mr Alexan­der, Mr Ho­gan is con­fi­dent they can still hold the ma­jor­ity.

“The Coali­tion holds 74 of 148 seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (un­til the two by-elec­tions are held) and I am pleased that Cathy McGowan has re­con­firmed her com­mit­ment to vote with the Govern­ment on sup­ply and con­fi­dence,” he said.

At the Daily Ex­am­iner’s dead­line, it was ex­pected that Se­na­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie could be the next to re­sign.

❝ Both my par­ents and four grand­par­ents were born in Aus­tralia. — Kevin Ho­gan

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