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Australian politicians with foreign-born parents disqualified from sitting.

We have had an increasingly absurd situation here over the past few months, where current sitting members are being ousted due to falling foul of a poorly expressed section of the Australian Constitution.

The Constitution was cobbled together in the 1890's to meet the aspirations and protect the interests of five of the six separate colonies (Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland). Western Australia opted in at the last minute, and IIRC doesn't get mentioned in the document itself.

Anyway, Section 44a of the Constitution denies membership of either house if a member 'is beholden to a foreign power'. At the time it was written, there was no such thing as Australian citizenship, nor New Zealand or Seth Efrican either. We were all British. The section clearly meant to exclude Germans and the French and Russians etc etc. And modern Australia has over 40% of citizens were either born overseas themselves, or had min. one parent that was.

But now we have the bizarre situation of a large number of MP's being adjudged by our High Court no less, to have infringed this provision of the Constitution because they had a parent born overseas or were born overseas themselves, never mind they've never held a foreign passport or even been aware of their 'entitlement', and being forced to resign, renounce the contentious entitlement and re-contest their seats in a by-election.

2017 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis - Wikipedia

I particularly feel sorry for the deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, who was born in Australia as was his mum and even her parents. His problem arises from his dad being born in NZ and emigrating to Australia as a lad years before there existed either Australian or NZ citizenship.

It's not like there's nothing of greater importance our parliamentarians could be focussing on, FFS.
 
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Have a referendum, that seems to sort things out.
 
While I'm sure her heart's in the right place, I think that if Pauline Hanson is the answer it must have been a pretty silly question. The problem is not with foreigners, the problem is with the High Court's strictly literal interpretation.

If such a legal interpretation of the US amendment (2nd?) that allows citizens to bear arms 'as part of a well-regulated militia', US gun owners would of necessity be deporting as black powder re-enactors. Tri-corns and all.
 

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If such a legal interpretation of the US amendment (2nd?) that allows citizens to bear arms 'as part of a well-regulated militia', US gun owners would of necessity be deporting as black powder re-enactors. Tri-corns and all.
Which might not be a bad idea......
 
Bruce,
Get that Hansen sheila in charge.
She will sort out all the bloody furriners.
She's a bit thick to put it mildly.

The NZ Labour Party stitched up Barnaby Joyce due to the Aussies continually increasing charges for health, education other services for NZers, whilst not giving tax paying Kiwis any benefits or representation.
 
She's a bit thick to put it mildly.

The NZ Labour Party stitched up Barnaby Joyce due to the Aussies continually increasing charges for health, education other services for NZers, whilst not giving tax paying Kiwis any benefits or representation.

That is as well as maybe, but she is still in Parliament, which is more than can be said for the members who have been ousted.
 
That is as well as maybe, but she is still in Parliament, which is more than can be said for the members who have been ousted.
It must give her constituents cheer.

If that idiot can make it into Parliament, then surely there's hope for them.
 

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Bruce,
Get that Hansen sheila in charge.
She will sort out all the bloody furriners.

If you can't get that Hansen sheila in charge, send her over to Pommieland to sort out the BREXIT cfukup, and tell Barnier and Juncker where to go.
 

Le_addeur_noir

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And May, ....and Rudd...

And a list of about another 630, which is way too long to list here. A few of the worst, Kieth Vaz, Harriet Harman,Emma Thornberry, Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable.
 
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If you can't get that Hansen sheila in charge, send her over to Pommieland to sort out the BREXIT cfukup, and tell Barnier and Juncker where to go.
Will that be the Pauline Hanson who claimed some years ago that 'aborigines eat their young'?
 
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What made me larf when they swore in 3 new workshy cnuts to replace the 3 with dual citizenship, some of which were British. As part of signing in they have to swear an allegiance to Queen Elizabeth 2, her peers and her future replacements.

Stupid Aussie rules.
 

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Wish Parliament had a rule like that here.
 

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