Op-ed: It's time for Australia to reform section 44 of the constitution

By H.K. Colebatch, 10 September 2018
photo credit: Jason Tong/flickr
photo credit: Jason Tong/flickr
Among the many lessons the recent Liberal leadership spill has taught us is that the problems arising from section 44 of the constitution, which already has quite a hit list, have not gone away, and there may be more to come. The section deals with disqualifications from parliament. The problems with it have not gone away, but have become part of the political struggle. They are also not only about citizenship, nor are they simply a matter of doing the paperwork. It is not clear what the disqualification provisions are, or how they are enforced. And, finally, the problem is not going to be resolved if politicians continue to ignore it.
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