Subscriber • Opinion

Candidate checklist won't solve the section 44 citizenship 'problem'

By Kim Rubenstein
Updated December 9 2021 - 1:22am, first published December 8 2021 - 5:00pm
The parliament can showcase the success of Australia's multicultural democracy. Picture Sitthixay Ditthavong

The shadow of Section 44(i) of the Constitution-barring dual citizens from running for election - has fallen across the past two federal elections and threatens to do so again when the Prime Minister heads to Yarralumla early next year. In 2017-18, the havoc was laid bare, with 15 federal politicians becoming ineligible to sit in Parliament because of their dual nationalities. With the Constitution unchanged, the coming election relives the madness inherent in doing the same thing over and expecting a different result.

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