I don’t expect this to be a busy thread, but it seems worthwhile. Things are heating up down here.
What’s the deal with the not Australians getting kicked out of parliament there? How’d they get in in the first place?
Australia is an immigrant country; a huge percentage of people are first or second generation Australians. And we have a reciprocally relaxed immigration arrangement with New Zealand, so there are a lot of NZ citizens here and vice-versa.
The Oz Constitution is almost entirely concerned with tariffs and trade, so nobody pays attention to it. But there are two bits that routinely ensnare careless politicians:
- No candidate for political office can hold a paid government job.
- No candidate for political office can hold citizenship in a country other than Australia. In effect, that means that a candidate must renounce any dual citizenship before standing for election. Barnaby was an Oz/NZ dual citizen, because his dad was a Kiwi.
If either condition is violated, their election is declared invalid and a new one is called. But this isn’t actively investigated; it only comes up if an opponent or the press publicises it.
Amusingly, this whole thing began because the Oz right picked up a rumour that a couple of the Greens held dual citizenship. They started the ball rolling, and now it has backfired on them rather spectacularly.
Those poor people. This government is going to burn in any afterlife for what they’ve put the people on Manus through.