Local, Independant and Effective
November 30, 2017

Inquiry a chance to have a say on handling of parliamentarians’ dual citizenship

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is encouraging people to make a submission to an inquiry examining how to ensure elected representatives are eligible to serve.

“I welcome the inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters into the operation of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, which deals with citizenship,” Ms McGowan said.

“Many people have contacted my office confused and annoyed by the current situation. Some have had good ideas about how to avoid it in future. This is an opportunity for the community to have a say directly.”

Ms McGowan said it was important the matter was addressed thoroughly and resolved before another election.

“The inquiry is an important part of a process to ensure that all future members of the Australian Parliament comply with our constitution,” she said.

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry will examine how laws could be improved to minimise the risk of candidates being found ineligible under Section 44, whether Parliament could legislate for procedures to renounce foreign citizenship, or whether the Constitution should be amended.

Submissions can be made until 9 February, and there will be a public hearing in December. Information on the inquiry and how to make a submission is here.

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