Dummies Guide update: Keeping the High Court busy

The Dual Citizenship Case The first response from some commentators (including on Melbourne radio station 3AW this morning) has been to criticise the delay in hearing the case, which has been listed for 3 days of argument on October 10th to 12th. However, there are three excellent reasons for hearing the case in October: 1. Getting Evidence: The various parties – the Commonwealth and the various MPs – need to obtain expert evidence about what the citizenship laws are in various other countries, and the potential impacts. This takes time and is already being rushed to completion. They also need time to prepare their own evidence about what they knew, when they knew it, and what they did about

The Dummies Guide to Constitutional Law Or: How I Learnt To Stop Worrying and Love Dual Citizenship

Written more than a century ago, the Australian Constitution has always had some fairly clear ideas about who can, and cannot, be in the Federal Parliament. The latest confusion revolves around one of the disqualification criteria: Section 44(i). The rationale is an easy one: that a person cannot serve two masters. A member of the Australian parliament who votes on the laws that govern foreign affairs, spending, the military and the like cannot owe allegiance to another nation, and risk being under their control. This resulted in the wording of Section 44(i): 44 Disqualification Any person who: (i) is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is

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