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The Ongoing Complexities of Section 44(i)

Luke Grant talks to Hussein Al Asedy, fourth year Law student at Murdoch University, who has co-authored an opinion piece with constitutional law expert Lorraine Finlay which casts doubt on the eligibility of some newly elected parliamentarians to serve.

 

Mr Al Asedy writes ‘While most Australians are now aware that a person holding dual citizenship is ineligible to nominate for Federal Parliament, it is still not common knowledge that s. 44(i) also disqualifies anybody who is ‘… entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power’.

 

‘Exactly how far this ‘entitlement’ disqualification extends is not yet entirely clear’…

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