Call a referendum on changing the constitution to allow dual citizens to enter parliament
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Section 44 of the Australia Constitution, which commenced 116 years ago, prevents anyone holding the citizenship of a country in addition to their citizenship of Australia from representing the Australian people in parliament. As has been heavily publicised, this has recently led to 3 senators from two party's having to resign. There could very well be more to come.
This rule discourages a multicultural parliament and has no place in modern Australia. If someone is an Australian citizen they have either sworn an oath to the people of Australia after a long process of red tape or been born and raised in Australia. This is surely sufficient. (You can also gain citizenship by decent but obviously parliamentarians would have to be resident here to gain a nomination in the first place).
The irony is that while we actively enforce Section 44 of the constitution, our Head of State is not an Australian resident nor is she even a resident of the southern hemisphere. She has not set foot on Australian soil for over 6 years.
I am calling on the Prime Minister to call a referendum on modernising the constitution and allowing common sense to prevail.
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