And the Libs have lost Troy Bell, member for Mt Gambier, altogether, as he faces criminal charges...Interesting story, the allegations stem from his life before politics when he's accused of embezzling money. It should get to court before the end of year.
It is completely ridiculous that other countries can somehow claim Australian citizens, especially those Australian born, as their own by changing one (or more) of their laws without notifying them of the change.Graham, in Barnaby's case he didn't even fill out the form properly when he applied to run for election to parliament - I have no sympathy for someone who deliberately doesn't complete paperwork and then pleads ignorance years later. He needs to leave parliament, he's guilty of breaking the rules - end of story. Suspending parliament for a while won't work, these people are fundamentally stupid and they can't follow rules; all that will do is buy Malcolm slightly more time till the inevitable drubbing at the next election.
Don (and others)
What sort of system do we have that allows people to represent this country because we trusted them to check their nationality status without doing a background check. But when they get found out all that happens is they loose their seat. Which potentially could cost the country from $10m to $250m in a bi-election or full election as is likely to occur and in the case of BJ, 99.9% chance he'll be re-elected. The senators are just sending in their next in line. So all that money for NOTHING!!!!!! To achieved NOTHING!!!!!!
Do they get the pension? DO they suffer any financial loss part from loosing their job? Are they even charged for falsifying their status? WHAT happens to them NOTHING!!!! What about the ones who genuinely didn't know or are victim of a law change in another country after they checked.
Meanwhile I want to work 1hr a week in a pre-school I need extensive background checks before I go in.
How many MP's have represented Australia over last 100 years who were illegally holding that seat and we want to do nothing about protecting the system in the future?
My own father was stateless for 25 years and didn't know because TWO countries broke their own laws and their agreement to a UN ruling. Australia was one of them. At anytime who could have checked his status with the other country (Netherlands) and they would have said he wasn't one of them and when he did check applying for a passport, they showed it a document which indicated he was an Australian, but he wasn't, Australia broke their own law in not granting his citizenship.
Even for those born in Australia, doesn't mean you are Australian. I have a friend, worked on a 457, first child born as only Canadian because 457 off-spring are not entitled to Aussie citizenship until their 10th birthday. However 2nd child was born after he started his application for PR, then they left the country for Dubai. Now because he started the process, the 2nd child born after the application date was an Aussie and Canadian as her parents were Canadian at time of birth. Only by pure chance he found out. So now back in Canada she is an Aussie and Canadian which unless by luck it was mentioned loosely too him and he checked, she would not know. Her older brother status was clear, they applied for a Aussie passport and where told no in writing, he's Canadian. However in 40-50 years time if she was in to become an MP of Canada, what would she think? Especially if her parents were no longer around to tell her? Again why are we leaving to people to do their own checks and trust that?
We are current of immigrants, we need to disconnect our parliamentary process from laws written in other countries that apply to Australian citizens.
The System is broken, its about time we accepted it. We you get off the political bandwagon and dig a bit deeper, you will maybe understand the real issue. Meanwhile we have a growing list of legal issues and this is just another one. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/abolish-the-constitution-and-start-again/8816488