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Who will you vote for on July 28th?

Who will you vote for on July 28th?

It’s baseball bat time for angry voters—use it without mercy!

The answer is simple, or it should be! DO NOT vote for any of those re-contesting their seats! They are the sods that have cost taxpayers’ millions because they chose to ignore Section 44 of the Constitution. Eligibility of 17 of the 48 candidates contesting the five by-elections on July 28 remain in doubt. They chose either not to complete new section 44 “qualification checklists” or did not give permission for the Australian Electoral Commission to publish them.

MORE than one out of three candidates in the upcoming by-elections have not revealed their citizenship backgrounds, including a prominent Liberal candidate, despite the critical polls being sparked by the dual-citizenship crisis.

Source: Courier Mail

Longman by-election: Voters to remain in dark on citizenship

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer, daughter of former Howard Government government minister Alexander Downer, is one of 17 candidates to either fail to hand in a qualification checklist or consent to have it published.

The Courier-Mail revealed this morning that the citizenship declaration process had been made voluntary, despite the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry recommending it should be a requirement on nomination, to restore integrity to the system.

According to the AEC records, Ms Downer has completed the form, but had not given permission for it to be published.

Just two of the 11 Longman candidates did not fill in the qualification checklist James Noonan of the Science Party and John Reece of the Australian People’s Party.

Labor’s Longman candidate Susan Lamb, whose resignation due to her former British dual citizenship sparked the by-election, has published documentation from the UK Home Office proving she has successfully renounced any foreign citizenship.

The LNP’s Trevor Ruthenberg, who was born in PNG to Australian parents, states in his form the PNG Immigration Citizenship Authority that he was not a citizen of PNG.

He has not provided any documentation along with this, though the LNP has previously indicated it would.

Mr Ruthenberg’s form indicates his parents and grandparents were all born in Australia.

OVERNIGHT: Candidates in the five by-elections sparked by the dual citizenship crisis will not have to reveal their own citizenship background to voters.

This is despite the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry recommending it should be a requirement on nomination, to restore integrity to the system.

Senator Linda Reynolds who led the inquiry said making it mandatory would help to restore public confidence in the system, but only changing the constitution would prevent another citizenship scandal.

She also warned political parties or foreign powers could game the system by putting up candidates they knew were ineligible, to direct preferences and influence the outcome in marginal seats.

All candidates for the by-elections, including Longman, were revealed on Friday with their qualification checklist due to be published today.

But filling out the checklist, used for the first time following the inquiry recommendations, was optional and the AEC will not publish any citizenship details without permission.

It means the voters will not be able to check if all the candidates they are voting for qualify for parliament, despite 15 elected MPs or Senators having lost their jobs in the past year from the citizenship saga.

Senator Reynolds said she supported the action the Government had taken so far, given the short time frame, but making declarations mandatory would require a law change.

“It would help, but we have to think through the consequences,” she said. “Just because you disclose, it doesn’t mean you are immune to High Court disqualification. The only way to stop the situation happening is by a referendum, which we are not within cooee of being able to do.”

There are 11 candidates standing in Longman, including Susan Lamb who sparked the by-election. Until recently she was a British dual citizen.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 11/07/2018, 7:00 am

    Reagardless of dual nationality or any other dodgy minor misdemeanour vote informal or for a really obscure party, just not foe ALP or LNP.
    The time has come to turn the whole thing upside down. Whichever candidate of some obscure party gets in they certainly can’t do as much damage as the major parties have already done.

  • luk1955 11/07/2018, 7:20 am

    Why are these thieving bastards not required to fill this out, yet all job applications require country of birth and status of citizenship. Go to Centrelink to get you aged pension and you have to fill out the citizenship requirements. I am at the point where I feel like it is my duty to remove these lying and treasonous bastards from the human race. I wonder if we have any quarries big enough to hold all their stink?

  • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 8:27 am

    What a blatant attack upon our diminishing democracy. This collection of evasive bastards should be consigned to the political dustbin forever. The only positive is they are collectively demonstrating their ability to deceive prior the election, maybe the elector have enough intellect to realise this and vote for someone demonstration ethical behavior now.

    • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 11:26 am

      demonstration was meant to be ‘demonstrating’.

      • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 2:15 pm

        You’re forgiven, PP. No need for remonstrating.

        Or remonstration.

  • Penguinite 11/07/2018, 8:34 am

    We must do away with “preferences” to prevent gaming of the system! Would be politicians should be required to declare all political affiliations. If you look at any of the lists of nominees for the upcoming by-elections it’s easy to see that some people are just there to attract votes and then preference them to another party. One vote! First past the post!

    • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 11:27 am

      P: PP agrees 100%. One vote, one value.

  • Margaret 11/07/2018, 8:35 am

    I agree . We, the voting public have a right to know if the person seeking to be elected has complied with the Australian Constitution.

  • crankykoala 11/07/2018, 9:14 am

    So, what is turdball doing?
    The Australian Electoral Commission should have the “teeth” to vet every candidate — not Australian off you go. This dual citizenship business is becoming a very expensive joke which should have been settled once and for all months ago. But, it would appear, is set to continue well into the future.

    • Albert 11/07/2018, 10:08 am

      It is a mess that is way beyond Turnbull’s ability to straighten out and besides, I don’t think he cares.

      • Biking Voter 11/07/2018, 11:06 am

        Besides possibly not caring ….. would you trust him at all to do anything right?

  • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 10:45 am

    Lying, including by omission, in order to stand for parliament in order to make laws for everyone else to abide by should be punishable by a term of imprisonment for both the candidate and the secretary of the party they represent – not to mention repayment in full of the expense of any by-election they cause.

  • Sir Peter 11/07/2018, 11:09 am

    Trevor Ruthenberg has no problem. At PNG independence in 1975 automatic citizenship came by having 3 out of 4 grandparents born in the country. A VERY limited number of expatriate or ‘mixed race’ people were awarded citizenship, on application and on a case-by- case basis. I suspect he fits neither scenario.

  • Clarion Call 11/07/2018, 1:18 pm

    The first thing that should happen to try to fix this election mess is gut the Electoral Commission. Down to the last table and chair. Start from the ground up and hire only the very best politically non-aligned people they can find. Even experts in the field from overseas should be encouraged to apply. The AEC is a rats’ nest. A lot like the ABC. Time to eradicate the vermin. Will it happen? Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • lancer 11/07/2018, 2:35 pm

    It is time to require that if a politician cannot or will not complete the term for which they have been elected then the seat should go to the person who gained the next most votes during the last election. This would provide some political integrity and reduce election costs.

  • John Klasen 11/07/2018, 4:32 pm

    The answer is simple The governor general should do his job, he should have the paper work to prove their Australian citizenship beyond doubt before he swears them in. end of story.

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