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The bastards are not honest—do we assume?

The bastards are not honest—do we assume?

Dump the Dual/Cit violators permanently!

It was Don Chipp, the former Liberal cabinet minister, who famously promised to “keep the bastards honest”. A noble concept frequently proved a failure. This poll is indicative of the electorates mood of a well earned mistrust of our politicos. What voters are really angry about is their escape from any need to repay public money.

Australians have lost all sympathy for MPs caught in Labor’s citizenship crisis, with a clear majority ­believing politicians eligible for dual citizenship should be punted from parliament or be ruled ineligible to run in the first place. Most voters are also opposed to a referendum to allow dual citizens to run for public office in a clear message to parliament that there is no appetite to change section 44C of the Constitution.

Source: News Corp

Support plunges for MPs holding dual citizenship, says Newspoll

A Newspoll conducted for The Australian reveals Australians have hardened their views since the citizenship crisis broke last year and overwhelmingly believe all politicians should comply with the Constitution or be barred from running for office.
In the wake of Labor’s citizenship crisis last week, 51 per cent ­believe politicians should be disqualified if they fail to ­renounce citizenship of another country. Only 38 per cent ­disagree.
The results do not augur well for Labor MPs forced to recontest their seats, with a significant trend away from any original sympathy for the predicaments of MPs caught up in the debacle. In ­August last year, 44 per cent of voters said politicians should be disqualified compared with 43 per cent claiming otherwise.
Bill Shorten remains under pressure to deal with two Labor MPs, Emma Husar and Emma McBride, who have a cloud over their citizenship status when they nominated for parliament. Parliament’s citizenship register shows both sought to renounce foreign citizenship, but no evidence is provided that their ­applications were received or acted upon.
Attorney-General Christian Porter yesterday demanded Ms Husar and Ms McBride provide proof their foreign citizenship had been renounced. “I believe there may be two members of the Labor Party who evidenced the commencement of the renunciation process, but not the completion of the renunciation process,” Mr Porter said. “The parliament register has to be abided by.”
The pressure follows the departure from parliament last week of Labor’s Josh Wilson, Justine Keay and Susan Lamb, who all resigned in an admission they faced a similar situation to Labor senator Katy Gallagher who had been ruled ineligible by the High Court because she held British citizenship at the time of her nomination.
The poll of 1728 respondents, taken from last Thursday to Sunday, revealed support for the Constitution and section 44C, which deals with eligibility of political candidates. A majority of voters, 46 per cent, said they were against a referendum to allow dual citizens to sit in parliament compared with 43 per cent wanting the rules to be changed. Support for dual-citizen politicians was strongest among Labor and Greens voters and ­opposed strongly by Coalition and One Nation voters.
Malcolm Turnbull last week rubbished the idea of constitutional reform, claiming political candidates needed to “get their act together” and ensure they were not dual citizens before they nominated for the next election.
The Prime Minister has said the upcoming by-elections represent a “very big test” for Mr Shorten. Labor declined to comment yesterday on the cases of Ms Husar and Ms McBride. Ms Husar, the member for Lindsay, has acknowledged she might have acquired Polish citizenship from her paternal grandfather; Ms McBride, the member for ­Dobell, says she used to be a dual Irish-Australian citizen.
Labor’s Anne Aly, the member for Cowan, last week produced a document from the Egyptian embassy saying she relinquished citizenship on May 6, 2016. The ALP’s WA branch yesterday confirmed this was nearly a month before she nominated for the 2016 election.

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Voyager 15/05/2018, 7:13 am

    The only way to send the message that voters have had enough is to NOT vote for any of those re contesting the seat. Rewarding the bastards can only spawn supreme arrogance and contempt for the voter.

  • Sandy 15/05/2018, 8:30 am

    Barnaby was re-elected with an increased majority

    • DT 15/05/2018, 3:51 pm

      But Barnaby was born here, his mother and her family were born here.

      His father was born in NZ but migrated to Australia and became a citizen here before he married and his wife delivered son Barnaby. The son was raised here and educated here.

      But he had NZ birthright citizenship automatically through his father. But that required him to register for it which he never did.

      Quite different case to people who knowingly hold dual citizenship including birthright citizenship from a parent still living overseas and a citizen of another country.

      Worse, when that person signs declarations indicating father unknown who is on the public record admitting he knew his father was Italian when he made the false declarations. And failed to renounce the birthright Italian citizenship.

  • Penguinite 15/05/2018, 8:34 am

    Voter contempt for people flouting our Laws and the Constitution of Australia, even though most of us haven’t read it, is palpable. I just hope it lasts until the next Federal election. Over recent years we have all come to realise that our politicians are just WIIFM! This example has flowed through to business, especially the banks.

  • Albert 15/05/2018, 8:48 am

    The thing that burns me most is that all of those caught out by the dual citizenship arrogantly thought that they could get away with breaking the law/rules, deliberately dismissing the requirement of our constitution and taking money under false pretences.
    It is like winning Tatt’s without buying a ticket and without the need to pay the money back. Says a lot about their non-existant honesty and character.

  • Philip 15/05/2018, 9:18 am

    Where was the Electoral commission when these people were applying dishonestly to become politicians. They were / are as useless as toenails on a walnut tree.

    Replace 75% of the electoral commission with a computer. Works for ebay, Gumtree, stock markets, money exchangers……………….

  • Bushkid 15/05/2018, 9:22 am

    These grubs have clung onto their positions and paycheques, despite knowing they were ineligible to sit in OUR parliament. They should now be ineligible for any future government position at all, ever. They’ve stolen enough from us already, let there be no more opportunities for them to do so.

    If there’s to be a referendum to change the constitution, let it be to ensure that no self-serving grubs like these can front up again to stand for election – EVER, given their dishonesty. Also that they should be disqualified from ANY employment in any government agency or even government-owned corporation or “business”.

  • Lorraine 15/05/2018, 9:28 am

    The required oath taken by one and all, the pay packet grabbed by all.
    The title Honourable taken as due only to them. The Lies , the Law, the enforcement
    of that Law, the I am so sorry I acted in good faith where was that. Grudging this Labor lot tell us “I am not done yet” The Voters need to show them “Yes you are done” and kick them out

    • Joe Blogs 15/05/2018, 1:04 pm

      L, someone less gracious that your good self may have said to her, “You’re done like a dinner, you lying, dishonourable, egotist. Now p15s off and don’t come back.”

  • Zoltan 15/05/2018, 1:06 pm

    I never thought I’d say this, I actually feel a tad sorry for Shorten who stood up and told the world that his mob were all pukka.
    I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and believing that he thought he was telling the truth, so not only did they lie to us but also their political colleagues.
    How do they sleep at nights? (unless it’s in their coffins during the hours of daylight)

    • Lorraine 15/05/2018, 1:38 pm

      tooth fairy making a comeback in your life, get a grip, Shorten pulled the old Labor routine we are clean as a whistle, would I lie

      • DT 15/05/2018, 4:33 pm

        “Whatever it takes”.

    • Penguinite 15/05/2018, 7:34 pm

      Sorry Z but Shorten couldn’t lie straight in bed!

  • DT 15/05/2018, 3:53 pm

    And what about the right to citizenship in Israel?

    Who and how many MPs?

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