First published here just on 6 months ago.
How could they be so cavalier?
The nomination form for election to the Federal Parliament couldn't be more explicit about citizenship
Here's the AEC nomination form for candidates seeking election to the House of Representatives.
Could it be any clearer?
And it's not just a box-ticking exercise, it requires a formal declaration with penalties for making a false statement (penalties, does anyone remember when we had penalties for doing the wrong thing).
Here's an extract from the Candidates' Handbook - paid for courtesy of you and me.
What is wrong with these law-doesn't-apply-to-me deadheads?
Candidate statement and declaration
Please read the candidate statement and declaration carefully before signing the nomination form.
Your attention is drawn in particular to section 44 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia:
Any person who:
(i) is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
Candidates who have any doubts about their eligibility, by virtue of section 44 of the Constitution, are advised to obtain their own legal advice.
For further information refer to the Candidates Handbook and the Nomination Guide.
*Answering ‘Yes’ to the question about eligibility under section 44 of the Constitution asserts eligibility.
Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.
I am not, by virtue of section 44 of the Constitution, Yes incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a Member of
the House of Representatives (see page 1*)
I declare that:
Date of birth
- • I am qualified under the Constitution and the laws of the Commonwealth to be elected as a Member of the House of Representatives.