The Turnbull government has ruled out a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle once and for all, but will introduce new rules to reduce the likelihood of further High Court cases.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year tasked a powerful parliamentary committee, headed by a Liberal senator, to examine the section 44 fiasco. On Thursday, it urged a referendum to repeal or amend the constitution – but that was kyboshed by the government within an hour.
…All candidates will need to publicly declare their family history when they nominate to contest an election – as well as any relevant financial information that could disqualify them under the law.
Why would a referendum “end the debacle”. The people would probably say no.
The least we can ask of Parliament is that those who occupy it have their first allegiance to Australia.
It’s not the UN.