Make it stop

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS -

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.

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