The Dual Citizenship Flagpole

In July, August and September, members of the public could be forgiven for wondering if their parliament was falling apart as politicians from minor and major parties alike either resigned or referred themselves to the High Court to determine if they were eligible to stay in office. Their questions were answered in October by the High Court, which found that five of the so-called ‘Citizenship Seven’ had not been eligible for election.

Reading between the lines

An Australian politician cannot be a citizen of any other country except Australia. This year, some Australian politicians were found to be dual citizens of other countries. Why do you think Australian citizenship is a requirement to be an Australian politician?