Make it stop
THIS is not a constitutional crisis. When it comes to the continuing embarrassment of citizenship revelations, what we are seeing is a disgraceful display of incompetence and contempt for the foundational law our federal politicians are supposed to be upholding.
Nobody has ever been in any doubt about the legal rules about politicians’ eligibility. If you wanted to be in the federal Parliament, you were required to ensure your only nationality was Australian.
The only problem here has been political parties’ ineptitude in ensuring their candidates complied with the law, and individual politicians’ weakness in failing to declare themselves ineligible even weeks after the High Court made clear its interpretation of the Constitution was strict.
Let’s have by-elections. As soon as possible. Once. Because Australians might just tolerate one “Super Saturday’’ of voting on politicians who have broken the rules, but if we have to endure more months of uncertainty, there’ll be hell to pay.