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Anne Aly MP: government will accept embassy letter

The Dual/Cit war reignites with warnings

Attorney-General Christian Porter says some Labor MPs are yet to provide evidence that their dual citizenship has been renounced, and “curiosities” remain over the case of Labor’s Anne Aly.

Malcolm Monty Turnbull thought he had a ‘dragon slayer’ when he smugly set the dogs upon Labor’s falsifiers of their citizenship status. ‘They’ve got to get their act together’ he now blurts at every chance. But Bill Shorten has thrown down the gauntlet about a Coalition Dual/Cit skeleton like Jason Falinski, who might hold Polish rights. Perhaps more worrying is Attorney-General Christian Porter who said the government was prepared to accept a letter from the Egyptian Embassy stating Dr Aly’s Egyptian citizenship had been renounced as “an authoritative statement about citizenship”. Topping it all off yesterday was Malcolm’s announcement of new measures to weed out dual-citizen candidates ahead of the upcoming “Super Saturday” by-elections. This is a bloody mess that Tin-Ear could have and should have avoided—his trademark, ‘look over there’ bollocks. Oh dear, send in Monty Python please!

Source: News Corp

Citizenship sage: Anne Aly curiosities remain, Christian Porter says

The Australian reported on Saturday that Labor MPs Emma McBride and Emma Husar had sought to renounce their dual citizenship, but failed to provide evidence that their requests were ever acted upon.
Mr Porter told Sky News that failing to abide by the parliamentary register was a breach of parliamentary privilege.
“The parliamentary register … requires that you show the finality, the end, the completion of the renunciation process,” he told Sky News.
“Let’s forget the constitution for a moment. This is a registry required by the parliament which the Labor Party pushed for. And there are members of the Labor Party who just haven’t abided yet by the registry.”

Mr Porter said the government was prepared to accept a letter from the Egyptian Embassy stating Dr Aly’s Egyptian citizenship had been renounced as “an authoritative statement about citizenship”.
However, he said there remained some unanswered questions over the undated letter.
“There are some curiosities about this. It appears Anne Aly’s citizenship was able to be renounced by a Council of Ministers in Egypt inside 48 hours. That would be one of the more efficient bureaucracies on earth,” he told Perth radio 6PR.
“This is an unsigned letter that appears to come from the Egyptian Embassy that says Anne Aly affected, so finalised, the renunciation of her citizenship.”

The Australian revealed today that Dr Aly accepted more than $3000 in flights — ­including a trip to Cairo in July — from the Egyptian ­embassy, which last week issued the statement clearing her of being a foreign citizen.
Legal experts questioned whether the letter confirmed Dr Aly had satisfied key tests in Egyptian nationality law, specifically article 10, article 16 and article 22.
Constitutional law expert ­George Williams told The Australian there were a “number of MPs” who had come forward with “unverified statements as to whether they have renounced or hold citizenship under foreign law”.
He warned that documents from foreign embassies produced by MPs could not be taken as proof that dual citizenship had been relinquished according to the legal mechanisms of a foreign country, following the High Court’s strict interpretation of section 44 of the Constitution.

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  • Cliff 18/05/2018, 6:54 am

    The government “is prepared to accept” an undated, unsigned document as proof that a request for renunciation of citizenship was accepted and enacted …all within 48 hours of the request being made? I have just found a letter here, similarly undated and unsigned, but with a really cool letterhead from the British government, stating that it granted my great-grandfather title in perpetuity to a quarter acre tract of land on the corner of Pitt and William Streets Sydney.

    I assume the government will be “prepared to accept” this letter and transfer the title of this property to me… let’s say, “…within 48 hours”? (After all, the standard has been set by the Egyptians.)

    Forget the amazing, some would say unbelievable efficiency of the Egyptian bureaucracy – I think a major bonus should be paid to the Australian AND Egyptian postal services that were capable of getting those letters from Perth to Cairo and back to Perth in such an incredibly short time.

    Did I say ‘incredibly’? You have to admit, it is the word that immediately comes to mind.

    Like everything else about Dr Aly’s story.

    • Neville 18/05/2018, 10:50 pm

      Not really all that hard to type your own letter on a piece of purloined Egyptian Embassy stationery.

  • Penguinite 18/05/2018, 7:42 am

    It’s a farce. If Malcontent accepts this letter as valid he needs his head examined. The cards have been dealt now the hands must be played! I did write to the AEC complaining about the ongoing fraudulent declarations of entitlement to sit in The Australian Parliament and they responded, almost immediately, saying that “The reason for this is that the AEC administers federal elections according to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act). The Electoral Act does not provide the AEC with the authority to conduct eligibility checks on potential candidates.” Seems no one does?

    • TommyGun 18/05/2018, 9:20 am

      Yep. That’s the same answer I got when I asked months ago.

    • Neville 18/05/2018, 10:51 pm

      Well, the Parliament does. Authority is Section 44.

  • Lorraine 18/05/2018, 8:30 am

    Anne Aly a Doctor of what, is the paperwork for that ,the same as her paperwork for denouncing her Egyptian citizenship. There are doubts over 2 others in the Labor Party if it comes to pass later that they have also stuffed up, I love the fact that this may get up the voters nose and deny Shorten his victory. The Liberals need to get that Jason Falanski clean now.

  • John Klasen 18/05/2018, 8:51 am

    It’s a farce, is quite correct, Penguinite, But the buck should stop at the top and that is the governor general, he swears them in and he and his staff should ensure they are not party to breaking the laws of this country as they are at the moment.

    • Lorraine 18/05/2018, 9:04 am

      I think they have 4 too hard baskets, they past it to 3 and the last one goes to the tip

  • Biking Voter 18/05/2018, 9:06 am

    Attorney-General Christian Porter said “Let’s forget the constitution for a moment.”

    It seems that many parliamentarians are very good at forgetting the constitution, not just Mr. Porter.

    • DT 18/05/2018, 9:31 am

      Like Minister Cash saying a former PM cannot be charged because she is a former PM.

      Forget the law too.

      • Joe Blogs 18/05/2018, 10:46 am

        Did she say “cannot” or “will not”, DT?

    • Joe Blogs 18/05/2018, 10:45 am

      Porter, the Boy Wonder.

      Forget the Constitution? Unfit for AG.

      • Neville 18/05/2018, 10:54 pm

        He was making a different point about “dual-citizenship”; but yes, he should have said ‘Putting to one side for a moment the requirements of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, the other point is …. (blah blah [whatever it was] ) …”

  • DT 18/05/2018, 9:28 am

    What about Anthony Albanese who does have Italian birthright citizenship and has admitted it in a book written by Karen Middleton which he discussed with Leigh Sales on ABC 7.30 Report.

  • DT 18/05/2018, 9:30 am

    Remember Pandora’s Box?

    I believe that the government and opposition know far more than we do and they fear what full disclosure would lead too via the High Court if referred.

    • Biking Voter 18/05/2018, 12:43 pm

      If I remember correctly, Pandora’s box, once opened released all of humankind’s misery and the only thing left was hope.
      I fear that there is not much of that left either lately

  • Albert 18/05/2018, 9:44 am

    The AG wants to shelve the Constitution for a moment and that idiot Turnbull is prepared to accept Muslim Aly’s ludicrous document and laughably the Fairfax automatic BS spreader is now trying to convince readers of the second coming of Messiah Turnbull.
    Forget the GG; he will sit on this thumb and do nothing as he usually does.

  • Clarion Call 18/05/2018, 2:41 pm

    A spurious document that’s right up Aly’s alley. An all bitchumen topping without a road to ride.

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