The dual citizenship saga engulfing Canberra politics, with eight MPs and senators now involved, is a constitutional crisis and, sticking to true form, current Canberra leaders aren’t treating the issue with the importance it deserves.
Section 44 (i) of the Constitution is crystal clear: anyone who is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power can’t sit in the Australian Parliament. The reason this was written is because there is a clear conflict of interests in governance.
Cory Bernardi stated the obvious when claiming there is only one way forward from this situation and that is for the Prime Minister to prorogue the Parliament, effectively ending this session pending the outcome of the High Court and any by-elections needed.
This is total common sense and a conservative approach to take. To have dual citizens governing in our Parliament, clearly violating our great Constitution, is an attack on the integrity of our Federal Parliament and is causing people to lose faith in our systems of government.
Trevor Whittred, Como