CCF – Both Houses

On Wednesday the candidate that was to go into the Senate in Fiona Nash’s spot was found to be incapable of being chosen. Hollie Hughes was the fifth person on the NSW Liberal National ticket at that election for the Senate. A spot that was almost impossible to win at the election.

The citizenship saga/issue/crisis continues. Almost every day one or two MP’s or Senators are outed in the media for having a parent born in some other country.

Last week the High Court found that five members of Parliament were dual citizens and thus incapable of being chosen to sit in the Parliament at the election in July last year.

What a week. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the High Court heard arguments from eight legal teams as to why seven members of the federal Parliament should or should not be disqualified.

Last Thursday the first hearing for five of the members of Parliament found to have dual citizenship was heard by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel.

Crikey. Section 44i might take out another two Ministers. On Monday Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce got up in parliament and announced that he was possibly a New Zealand citizen.

This week Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced that the Greens Party would table, debate and vote on Charter of Rights legislation in the 45th Parliament.

The Australian Constitution, particularly section 44i, is on everyone’s mind at the moment. In the past month it has been discovered that four Senators held dual citizenship at the last election. As well as being Australian citizen Scott Ludlam is also a New Zealand citizen.

Last week the Labor Party announced that they would challenge the eligibility of Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie to be in Parliament. The matter has been referred to the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

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