The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

I DON’T nor­mally dis­agree with Peter Dut­ton but he was dead wrong to sug­gest that the Con­sti­tu­tion is to blame for the cit­i­zen­ship cri­sis.

No, we do not need to change the Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low dual-cit­i­zen MPs. All can­di­dates just need to en­sure the only cit­i­zen­ship they have is Aus­tralian.

The rules of sec­tion 44 are well known to any­one in pol­i­tics, but, look­ing at this rolling train wreck, you can see that so many of them thought they could get around the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The lat­est in­stal­ment is the res­ig­na­tion of the Lib­eral Ben­ne­long MP John Alexan­der. Other names caught up in the cri­sis last week in­clude Josh Fry­den­berg, Alex Hawke and Ju­lia Banks on the Coali­tion side; Jus­tine Keay, Madeleine King, Su­san Lamb and Josh Wil­son on the La­bor side; and Jac­qui Lam­bie and Re­bekha Sharkie from the cross­bench. These MPs are only the ones that the me­dia has fig­ured out.

Sure, Aus­tralia is an im­mi­grant coun­try and nearly half of us were born over­seas or have a par­ent born over­seas. How­ever the only al­le­giance an MP should have is to Aus­tralia and we wa­ter that down at our peril.

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