CONSTITUTION GOT IT RIGHT
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.