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Yes, section 44 can be fixed

17 May 2018
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Last Friday, The Age published an editorial about section 44 of the Constitution so full of anti-politician swashbuckle and so devoid of facts, wisdom or even logic it could have been culled from some political obsessive’s tweet-stream.

“The High Court’s latest decision on the parliamentary eligibility of dual citizens should definitively end the constitutional fiasco that has now stripped as many as fifteen federal lawmakers of their seats,” it began. ‘‘The legal battle is over,” it triumphantly concluded. “The consequent political one has begun.”

Back in the real world, this constitutional soap opera shows no signs of wrapping up. As Jeremy Gans has written, WA Labor MP Anne Aly might be next for the high jump. And even the Age has since reported that “experts say dual citizenship crisis is far from over.”

Read the full article on Inside Story.

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