Section 44 twist: Former Aussie PM was probably ineligible due to multiple citizenship

Former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton was probably ineligible to be in Parliament due to holding multiple citizenships, according to research published on this blog. Gorton, who served as PM from 1968-1971, stated on official documents that he was born in Wellington, New Zealand. If that’s accurate, then under the 1948 British Nationality and New… Read More Section 44 twist: Former Aussie PM was probably ineligible due to multiple citizenship

This is the document that says Australia’s Deputy PM has dual citizenship…

EDIT: Note this article was written on 28 July 2017 – more than two weeks before it hit mainstream media on 14 August. So “today” is 28 July, not today, if you see what I mean! —————– The bizarre Section 44 controversy has already claimed a few victims and there will no doubt be more… Read More This is the document that says Australia’s Deputy PM has dual citizenship…

It’s official: there are more “hardworking Australian families” than ever before (at least in MP speeches)

We are at peak “hardworking families”. Pollies have uttered the vacuous phrase in Parliament more times in the first five months of 2017 than in any full year since Parliament began in 1901, according to my analysis of parliamentary records. The number of speeches mentioning “hardworking families” or “hardworking Australian families” has hit a record… Read More It’s official: there are more “hardworking Australian families” than ever before (at least in MP speeches)

Second home MPs can’t be named because of “privacy laws”, says new Speaker

The names of State MPs claiming public money for second homes cannot be released because it would breach their privacy, says the new Speaker of Victoria’s Parliament. The extraordinary excuse by Colin Brooks MP, who oversees the MP allowances system, was given in response to repeated requests I have made for the information in recent weeks.… Read More Second home MPs can’t be named because of “privacy laws”, says new Speaker

Congratulations Mr Speaker – now can I have the list of MPs with second homes?

On 21 February I asked the Speaker of the Victorian Parliament for a list of all MPs claiming an allowance for a second home. Two days later the Speaker was front page news after I kicked off the expenses scandal by suggesting he was rorting the system (he was). I never got a reply to… Read More Congratulations Mr Speaker – now can I have the list of MPs with second homes?