Ref­er­en­dum idea ditched

The Morning Bulletin - - NATION -

THE Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment has poured cold water on the idea of a ref­er­en­dum to over­turn the ban on dual cit­i­zens sit­ting in Par­lia­ment.

Within min­utes of a cross­party com­mit­tee rec­om­mend­ing the con­sti­tu­tional change, Spe­cial Min­is­ter of State Mathias Cor­mann said the Gov­ern­ment was “not in­clined” to back a ref­er­en­dum.

How­ever, changes will be im­ple­mented ahead of five by­elec­tions due in com­ing weeks to en­sure all can­di­dates take steps to en­sure they are qual­i­fied to sit in Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing re­port­ing their cit­i­zen sta­tus to the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

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