End cit­i­zen drama once and for all

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion - S. Cru­den, Kwinana

The sit­u­a­tion about dual cit­i­zen­ship in our Fed­eral Par­lia­ment has be­come a joke and I, like many oth­ers, agree that a to­tal ex­am­i­na­tion is needed for all elected mem­bers of gov­ern­ment.

Why is it just now that this has be­come a big prob­lem? I am sure pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment mem­bers had dual cit­i­zen­ship and maybe even held dual pass­ports. La­bor started this off by ask­ing about Barn­aby Joyce’s New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship.

The Aus­tralian vot­ers would like to see a full re­view of all Fed­eral of­fi­cials to see their el­i­gi­bil­ity to hold of­fice as per the High Court rul­ing and the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment and Shorten Op­po­si­tion mem­bers and se­na­tors must im­me­di­ately call to­gether for a full re­view and get back to run­ning this coun­try and stop fight­ing to score points at the ex­pense of the other.

The vot­ers are fed up with our elected par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives ar­gu­ing among them­selves and not han­dling the im­por­tant is­sues needed to im­prove our job sit­u­a­tion, stop ter­ror­ists from re-en­ter­ing Aus­tralia, poverty, the ef­fect of drugs and law and or­der.

Th­ese are the real im­por­tant is­sues we want ad­dressed and ac­tion on now.

So un­til the dual cit­i­zen­ship is­sue is re­solved, stop fight­ing about it and start fix­ing the mess both sides of pol­i­tics has cre­ated.

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