A full blown constitutional crisis

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The citizenship fiasco looms as the last nail in public confidence in this parliament and threatens the legitimacy of parliament itself.

It is clear that some MPs have been blatantly making false claims about their eligibility to sit in the Australian Parliament whilst others have fallen foul of the Constitution by ignorance – wilful or otherwise.

We are now on the cusp of a full blown constitutional crisis with many more questions still to be answered.

When this farce started, I called on the Prime Minister to suspend parliament pending the High Court judgment, along with a full audit of all MPs to ascertain who is actually eligible to be a parliamentary representative. Like so many good ideas, the Prime Minister rejected this one which would have prevented parliament from becoming a national laughing stock.

We’ve had the Labor leader assuring us that all his MPs are ok due to the extensive processes undertaken by the Party administration. However, this morning two of their number admit there may be a problem. There are also questions about the status of Labor frontbencher Senator Penny Wong who continues to refuse to provide the documentation showing she renounced her Malaysian citizenship.

On the Liberal side, senior ministers have advised their colleagues to remain silent about citizenship problems. In announcing his new ‘plan’, the Prime Minister assured the media that a check of all Liberal MPs showed there were no problems – until two hours later, a new problem emerged.

Pauline Hanson swore hand on heart that she had seen the papers of Senator Malcolm Roberts and that he was in the clear - until it was proved that he wasn’t. Given that Roberts’ staff were admitting privately that he hadn’t complied with the Constitution it beggars belief that his leader didn’t know. One Nation even tried to make a virtue of his self-referral to the High Court after they were dragged kicking and screaming to that position, having realised the Senate was set to do it anyway.

Little wonder it is nigh impossible for everyday Australians to accept as truthful what their political leaders tell them.

How this will end is anyone’s guess but I have consistently said there will be more dual citizen revelations. I expect a number of by-elections will be required and the results could actually see a change in government. That would mean our seventh Prime Minister in only eleven years and yet another delivered without a general election.

There simply has to be a better way because we cannot afford for our country to continue down this path.

It is more important than ever that a credible, principled alternative to the major parties emerges from the rubble of the strange and tarnished politics of the last ten years. Australian Conservatives are working to provide that alternative. There’s a lot of work to do but now, more than ever, we cannot be deterred from our course.

Our culture, our values and our way of life are simply too important to abandon to the present parliamentary circus brought to us by rudderless major parties and personality cults. In politics, as in life, it is character and principle that are the defining qualities in leadership. Our country is in desperate need of both in our political options.

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  • commented 2017-11-13 13:02:39 +1030
    Indeed, well said Cory!
  • commented 2017-11-10 18:31:15 +1030
    I am honestly astounded at the current debacle in our current parliament! It’s as though everyone has lost sight of why they are in the seats they are sitting in! There is a complete lack of integrity; very little unity of purpose; no balance (it’s all left leaning) and is it just my imagination or does nobody care about honesty, morality and having genuine commitment to the best interests of our nation anymore?? I am so saddened to say that it’s seems like there are only two people who are really fair dinkum in our current parliament and that is you and Eric Abetz. I hope I am wrong and that there are more. You are spot on Cory we can’t afford to allow our country to continue down this track. My prayer and hope is that the Australian Conservatives will continue to grow at the rate we are and that we will have enough candidates to win enough seats in our next federal election to either win government (I don’t think that is impossible if we get enough good candidates) or hold balance of power. Please let it be so.
  • commented 2017-11-10 15:37:45 +1030
    Federal parliament is the one workplace in this country where candidate qualifications are deliberately reduced to a bare minimum. To nominate one must have clean criminal and financial records, must be able to show support, and must be a uniquely Australian citizen on the electoral roll. I had assumed that the Electoral Commissioner would ensure that elections were carried out according to the rules, including that candidates were cleared to contest. However, “The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).” is the job description on the AEC website. In other words, the Electoral Commissioner is just another office manager in charge of the rubber stamps!
    This is yet another example where tax payers are not getting value for money but it is worse than that. To date five out of 226 people have been found ineligible to sit in our parliament. Assuming an average of five candidates per seat leads to an assumption that there were twenty other candidates that should not have stood and at least twice that number who are questionable. Candidates who gained over 4% primary votes collected $2.627 per vote from tax payers. Tax payers who are found to have claimed ineligible deductions have a debt imposed…
    A further point is about the election result. Due to our 2PP and preference voting system, every candidate is counted and has an effect on the outcome. A candidate that receives only 1% of first preference votes can influence where those votes go when they are eliminated. This would change the final count by 2% if the preferences were directed differently and there is more than one seat in a single seat majority government that have less than 2% 2PP margins and this is only considering the lower house. Contemplating Senate implications would stress my will to live.
    Perhaps on the principle that our democracy is at the core of our government, the AEC should be removed from government and be placed directly within the purview of the Governor General, and be given authority to ensure that all candidates comply with the rules. Also, the High Court when sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns should answer directly to the Governor General.
  • commented 2017-11-09 21:06:08 +1030
    I agree that all parliamentary proceedings pertaining to legislation should be suspended until this is sorted out.This should be our priority! They are a disgrace and embarrassment to us in the eyes of the rest of the world.This also sends a message that we are a weakened nation, with conflicts and ongoing chaos that is dividing the country.This is a dangerous position to be in and we shouldnt be here. The arrogance of SSM activists is again evident, as they are only concerned, as usual with getting what they “want”, not looking at the dire situation that is effecting all of us.If they stepped back and thought about it, they would realise that if they also waited for the citizenship crisis to be dealt with, then allow for SSM debate to be attended to, they might not have the potential complexities arise.This could occur if parliamentarians who may support SSM are found to be illegitimately in their positions, their votes COULD potentially be deemed null and void.This would mean that the prospects of them being enabled to violate the sanctity of marriage; family; free speech; rights to our conscious choices legally, would be removed. Brilliant and a Godsend for us who vote No, a lesson to them as a consequence to their self serving and demoralising conduct.
  • commented 2017-11-08 21:17:37 +1030
    We need to Drain the Billabong! The major parties need to be dissolved. They do not work in our interests yet we employ them. There should be an immediate audit which should also look into the statuses of past politicians and Israel’s right of return policy. Stay strong Cory….we need your voice!
  • commented 2017-11-08 16:38:05 +1030
    The current bunch of politicians who make up the Government and Opposition aren’t capable of making
    a decision in the interest of this nation.
    You only have to look at the sad state of our nation brought about by selfish, egotistical and self serving
    people.
  • commented 2017-11-08 13:57:12 +1030
    Have we reached the time when the Governor General may act to dissolve parliament due to the continual stench of illegally sitting members?
    Are my thoughts possibly too severe?
  • commented 2017-11-08 12:14:23 +1030
    well said Cory!