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Monday, 21 May 2018
Page: 3809

Commonwealth Constitution

The last few months have displayed an uprecedented and rather undignified chapter in Australian history when Members of Federal Parliament were compelled to resign due to an apparently ambiguous and obsolete section of the Constitution that could open up multiple interpretations and be made subject of political games. As a dual citizen in a multicultural country, I am respectfully seeking an amendment to the relevant section that stipulates an exclusion of eligibility for Federal Parliament candidacy in case of multiple citizenship. Strangely enough, this rule does not apply on either state or local government level, even though decisions made on these levels could also carry implications for these levels of governance (such as conflict of interest). The above section has no equivalent in other federal parliaments of the English-speaking world, such as the USA, Canada, Great Britain or New Zealand.

Therefore, the writer of these lines seeks to have Section 44 amended to allow dual (or multiple - Parliament to deliberate on an allowable number of nationalities) citizens to take office as Member of Federal Parliament - on condition that they: - dutifully declare this before their official nomination; - faithfully declare any conflicts of interest that may arise at voting in certain matters of state, be it political or commercial, whether in times of peace or in war and dutifully withdraw in case of conflict that may be present thereof. The writer of these lines respectfully asks members of the Australian public to endorse this petition. Thankfully and with best regards, Greg Hartay-Szabo

from 5 citizens (Petition No. EN0528)