IN 1952, I accepted an invitation from the Australian Government to come to Australia, and the offer to subsidise my fare subject to a nominal payment of 10 pounds, which fulfilled the three principals of contract (offer, acceptance and consideration), with the assurance that as a British Commonwealth subject I would have full Australian citizenship rights.
Now it would appear that this is not the case and that I would be precluded from applying for endorsement to the Australian Federal Parliament by a ruling of the High Court of Australia. Is this also going to apply to state and local government?
This would seem discriminatory and the High Court of Australia in breach of contract, making the Australian Government and/or the High Court vulnerable to legal action.
Michael Urquhart Scott, South Hobart.
Politicians must represent Australia
CITIZENSHIP for politicians must always remain one allegiance for Australia as you’ve got to have a politician that is for the people and country, and not have allegiance to any other country.
They represent Australians. This should be for all levels of government - federal and state is a must. I do not like it for some but we must keep the constitution. The question of the Governor General comes to mind with him being the Queen’s representative, but also may hold different citizenships. If you give in for one, then our country is not ours, as you will have those with dual citizenships running Australia who may put another country first over Australia.
Walter Christy, Shearwater.
More dual citizen MPs likely
THE PROBABILITY that more federal MPs will fall foul of the constitution over dual citizenship status is 99.96 per cent (Sunday Examiner, November 5).
Eight MPs have resigned or been ruled ineligible because they were dual citizens. Good, they should never been allowed into parliament in the first place. I’d like to see a few more Indigenous people in Parliament.
A.R. Trounson, Needles.
I AM becoming totally disenchanted with our politicians who seem to think that running this country consists entirely of trying to denigrate the other side and leaving matters of far greater importance in abeyance.
The matter of dual citizenship is a point at hand as it is fast becoming a bad joke. Just how far back does this matter apply?
I was born in London in 1940. I came to Australia in 1966 after marrying an Australian girl. We had a son and daughter. I joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Petty Officer Instructor with T.S. Derwent In Hobart and was obliged to become a naturalized Australian citizen. This was duly done in October 1981.
Now it is apparent that under the laws existing that my son and daughter are dual citizens, as am I. Does this mean that my grandson and indeed my great grandchildren are also dual citizens.
If this be the case, then would not any person who can claim ancestors that came out on the First Fleet, also be classed as dual citizens. I always thought that if a person was born here, that they were automatically an Australian citizen and had no allegiance to another country, no matter where their parents were born. Where does it end?