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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 13189

Section 44 of the Australian Constitution

To the Honourable the Speaker and the members of the House of Representatives

This petition of a concerned citizen of Australia draws the attention of the house to concerns of many thousands of social media users with regard to Mr Abbott's right to sit in parliament. Mr Abbott was born in UK to a British father and got automatic British citizenship under UK laws of that time. In June 1981 Mr Abbott applied for and got Australian citizenship by descent from his Australian mother. On October 17th 1981 he entered Oxford University as a British citizen. Documentary proof in this web link:

There is no record in Australia or the UK of Mr Abbott having renounced his British citizenship. Under section 44 of the Australian Constitution a member of parliament must not be under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power. Mr Abbott must have renounced his British citizenship by filling in a UK Home Office form RN and paying a fee.

I ask the House to instruct Mr Abbott to show he has renounced his British citizenship and complies with the constitution, failing that for the House to remove Mr Abbott from parliament.

from 1 citizen