11.07.19. Remember how the government and Labor messed about, backwards and forwards over the Constitution section 44 concerning dual nationality? Many months wasted on that business, plus the SSM nonsense all combined to literally paralyse the business end of good governance. Well, the matter is still nor settled and up to 26 MPs could be ruled ineligible to sit in federal parliament with a new legal report warning of a fresh constitutional crisis.
An article published by the University of Western Australia argues there are still unresolved issues under section 44 of the constitution, which disqualifies those ‘entitled to the rights or privileges … of a foreign power’, even if they are not technically citizens. 15 MPs and Senators were forced out of the last parliament after being found ineligible under section 44 because of dual citizenship. Given new findings even those that were stood down may have a new set of issues to deal with. See video below.