Keen to end citizenship uncertainty

Federal MP for Reid, Craig Laundy, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Story appeared in: Review | November 13th, 2017

ANSWERING the question on everyone's lips when it comes to national politics, Federal MP for Reid, Craig Laundy, says, yes, he has spoken to his brother Stuart's new girlfriend Sophie Monk by phone but is yet to meet her in person.
However not even the drama of the Bachelorette can compete with the seemingly never-ending grind of dual citizenship controversies.
Confirming his own genealogy, Mr Laundy said both his parents were born in Australia, with his mum's parents and his dad's mother also born in Australia, while his paternal grandfather was an orphan.
It comes after the High Court ruled that former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and Senators Fiona Nash, Malcolm Roberts, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were all ineligible to sit in parliament because of breeches to Section 44 of the constitution relating to dual nationality and foreign nationals. Since the decision, Senator Stephen Parry and Bennelong MP John Alexander have also both had to resign after admitting they were also dual British Citizens.
With other parliamentary colleagues also facing questions on their family histories, Mr Laundy is supporting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's plan to end any uncertainty.
"The PM's plan pushes transparency and disclosure from all sides of politics," he said.
"Just like our financial interests, our citizenship details will also be made available to the public.
"MPs need to be taking the appropriate steps to ensure they are complying with the Constitution."
Representing a highly culturally and ethnically diverse electorate, Mr Laundy also supports a referendum to change the constitution to allow dual nationals to run for parliament.
"Dual citizenship has presented an issue and people have their views on it," he said.
"If the Australian public want change. they should be able to get it."

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 132733 | Viewcount: 14534