Labor are nervously bracing for the next instalment of the Citizenship crisis – because they’re directly in the firing line.
ACT Senator Katy Gallagher has British heritage. She knew this at the time of the 2016 election, and submitted the renunciation paperwork before she nominated – but it wasn’t confirmed by the UK. Gallagher argues she had taken ‘all reasonable steps to renounce’ which is a key judgment from a previous High Court ruling.
In short, the High Court is considering the question ‘what is the definition of reasonable steps?’ Can it include waiting for a foreign power to complete the renunciation? Should a democratic process in Australia, be hampered by the administration of another country?
The High Court has traditionally been very strict in this area, and this is an important test case.
If Gallagher is booted by the court, it could spell disaster for Shorten as there are Labor MP’s in the same scenario – which would result in 4 by-elections, some of which were won by a handful of votes.
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Federal Politics is bracing for Cyclone Newspoll, expected to make landfall early Monday morning. As you know we seldom focus on opinion polling – it rarely drives good public policy and is often used to fuel an unhelpful theatrical element of politics.
We’re making an exception today to note that 30 negative Newspoll results were used as a yardstick for mounting a challenge to the leadership of Tony Abbott in 2015 – in amongst a number of other issues that the then Communications Minister used to argue for a change in leadership.
So will the PM be booted on Monday?
Absolutely not. This will be an opportunity for a bit of anti-Turnbull ‘sniping’, and then we’ll all move on. For now.
After more than a decade in the Parliament, George Brandis resigned as a Senator on Wednesday.
A victim of the cabinet reshuffle last December, Mr Brandis will become the next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
In his valedictory speech that traversed many topics, Mr Brandis called upon his colleges to return to the classical forms of liberalism and keep a watchful eye on further attacks on Australia’s institutions.
This was no doubt a subtle elbow to the ribs for the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who took responsibility for several security organisations off the Attorney General’s Department.
Mr Brandis listed his two greatest achievements in office – the passing of the Same-Sex Marriage bills and the newly created counter Terrorism legislation.
It’s great to be back in 2018!
Here’s a snapshot of what happened over the summer:
- Citizenship: Jacqui Lambie has resigned (she’s Scottish) and the Liberal’s Jim Molan replaced Senator Fiona Nash today.
- Susan Lamb, Josh Wilson, Justine Keay, Rebeka Sharkie and Jason Falinski still have questions to answer
- John Alexander won the Bennelong by-election, following the discovery of his dual citizenship
- Labor’s David Feeney has resigned as the member for Batman, setting up a Labor/Green by-election
- Sam Dastyari resigned as a Senator, following too many unanswered questions about his connections to Chinese businessmen
- His vacancy will be filled by Kristina Keneally, Labor’s unsuccessful candidate for Bennelong
- Tasmania and South Australia are in election mode in state polls in a few weeks
- Independent Senator Lucy Gichuhi has turned blue! She now sits as a Liberal Senator for South Australia
- Lyle Shelton has quit the Australian Christian Lobby and has joined Cory Bernadi’s Australian Conservatives.
We’ll let you know if anything else happens!