I’m similar to Midge in that my father was born in the UK and bought out here as a kid.
I knew I could apply for a British passport (which I haven’t) but I didn’t really think of myself as being a British citizen though I guess technically I am.
But surely, if you’re standing for a political party, wouldn’t you think that the party organisation would be across all this stuff and ask the appropriate questions of you?
Craig, this is the Greens mate, do you expect rational behaviour?
Well that’s four from the LNP. Rational behaviour?
None of them have had the integrity to resign.
As I’ve said before for those born in other countries it’s no shock, for many others born in Australia to parents of other nationalities, I can truly understand their lack of awareness.
Italy carries its citizenship for two generations, Britain through the father generally (my father was six (or was it eight) in 1926 when he came to Aus and I had no idea I was a pom until I was almost 60 - 80 years after he arrived!)
Dutch citizenship is lost for dual nationals who don’t keep their passports current. Irish runs through the mother’s side…
I would love to see Bill Shorten’s dad a Pom… ahh, no… one other requirement is that his mother and father had to be married at the time of his birth…
I’m not comfortable with the fact that other countries can award citizenship on non residents of their own country who are born elsewhere, based on those people having parents or grandparents that are citizens of said country.
If you are born in Australia to parents who are residents and citizens of Australia and have never actively sought citizenship of the country of your parents or grandparents birth, and in some cases, have never even set foot within that country, then I fail to see how that country can claim you as their citizen without you having any say in the matter.
I can’t see the constitution being changed, and those who framed it way back when could not have foreseen this situation arising.
Should be easy for the parliament to pass something (other than the shit they carry on with currently), that disallows other countries from automatically awarding citizenship to Australian citizens.
If you want to take up citizenship of another country, then apply for it and don’t let the door slam into your arse as you leave.