Section 44 of the Australian Constitution forbids anyone holding dual citizenship from being elected to Parliament. Tony Abbott's refusal (under FOI request) to provide his Form RN renouncing his British citizenship before being elected (26 March 1994), raises serious questions about his legality as a Member of Parliament. Openness and transparency are vital and we don't need or want, and cannot tolerate an MP (far less a Prime Minister) in breach of the founding laws of our country - the only set of laws of Australia that cannot be changed by the Government of the day. Follow our Facebook page here.
Tony Abbott was born in London in 1957 and came to Australia in 1960 as an assisted migrant. He applied for Australian citizenship in 1981, becoming a dual citizen of Australia and Britain. We all know this country is made up of boat people. Many made lives here with very little but blood sweat and tears. Many had to cop abuse as immigrants or as children of immigrants - Europeans, Asians, Africans and others alike (not to mention our original inhabitants). We are this country, and its spirit.
In this day and age we should not have to endure such one-eyed mean spirited bigots as Tony Abbott telling the people that he serves, that the doors are now closed unless you jump through his ever burgeoning and more convoluted hoops - whilst the world faces a refugee crisis greater than during any of the great wars - when he can't even own up to his heritage, now refusing to prove his own legality as a Member of Parliament. And finally, to put up with his shameless temerity in marginalising and demonising those who have so very little, when we are as a country so very rich...back handing his mates and supporters. As Malcolm Fraser says, Abbott is a "dangerous politician...will do anything to get power...and we have lost our way". If he has indeed failed to renounce his British citizenship prior to entering Parliament in 1994, his election is illegal and void. Show us your papers Tony!