In 2013 Australia went to the polls to elect the latest round of self-serving morons who are in overpaid positions in the under-worked offices controlling the fruits of our labour by the tax system.
Among the hopefuls was one Anthony Abbott, dual British/Australian citizen, all-round sports star, poster boy for red speedos and major sales effort for Malvern Star.
Over the past couple of months many people seem to be interested in a small issue surrounding Australia’s Constitution which clearly states in Section 44:
44. Any person who –
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
In September 2014, noises began being made about the fact that Abbott had completed a Rhodes scholarship, as a British subject, and to date no evidence has been produced by his office or his speechwriter in chief, Peta Credlin, as to the veracity of his claim to have renounced his British citizenship, and I have been thoughtful about that over the last couple of weeks having recently applied for a new passport.
To me it seems passing strange that such an important document could be misplaced, lost or stolen. If any of those situations had occurred, it seems to me, that like a birth certificate one would endeavour to have it replaced as fast as humanly possible. Especially, in the circumstances where based on enormous packs of lies you have been “elected” to lead the country.
I don’t for one minute state categorically that the man who currently holds the chair normally utilised by prime ministers of this country has lied about his citizenship, but for the life of me I can’t understand why if he has renounced his dual citizenship, he is so standoffish about proving the fact.
I guess in the light of the number of other lies he has told, none of us actually find it surprising that he has lied about this and I wonder what the net effect will be on the country if indeed he is a dual citizen, sitting in Parliament as a result of a barefaced lie, misleading the Parliament, committing egregious acts of omission in his ongoing lie to the Australian people. How will the Constitution deal with such a situation?
Eric Abetz, was in breach of the Constitution when he was elected to the Senate, as a dual Australian/German national. Apparently in that situation he was allowed to continue in his stolen role, though the High Court has commenced an action against him after he finally renounced his German citizenship.
Jackie Kelly, in 1996 was forced to a by-election after being found to have been elected holding both Australian and Kiwi citizenships. I can’t for the life of me imagine how anybody can forget that they are a citizen of both countries unless they are completely stupid. Upon revisiting that thought when one considers just how stupid Abbott and Abetz are, yes, I can see how some people would do that.
The thing I find most intriguing is why the British Home Office also appear to be unable to find the form RN. Likewise the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Well-known Australian blogger Tony Magarathea had his email account raided and all the emails were deleted. If there is nothing to worry about, why would anybody do that? Further, how many organisations would have the a) skills to do that and b) any interest in doing so?
As Alice was reported to have said “curiouser and curiouser”.