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

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)