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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 1920

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (13:08): Today we have had both the government and the opposition expressing concerns about the eligibility of two senators. I do support the Senate taking the matter seriously and will support it. Nobody should stand for office when ineligible, and parties should be thorough in vetting their own candidates. The government and the opposition have focused on the integrity of the electoral process as guided by section 44 and other relevant sections of the Constitution, but I think there is another element of this matter raised today to consider: dual citizenship. I want to foreshadow that I will lodge a notice of motion that there should be a review of all senators' and members' eligibility based on their citizenship at the time that they were elected this year and at previous elections.