The Craig Thomson saga gets bigger all the time. It has now moved into the area of his New Zealand citizenship and whether he ever renounced it before taking his seat in Parliament. As most politicians would know, the High Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to hold citizenship of a foreign country and sit in the Australian Parliament.
It was just that ‘minor’ detail that affected Heather Hill, who was elected to the Senate for One Nation in 1998; she was denied her place in parliament when Chuck Hong, a Malaysian-born Sydney businessman, and his associate Henry Sue, a Queensland kung fu expert, mounted a legal challenge in the High Court regarding Hill holding dual citizenship with both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard was born in Wales and it is unknown if she formally renounced her British nationality before being elected to Parliament; the question has been asked outside Parliament but no satisfactory answer is known to have been given. Some people are asking whether Julia Gillard is taking part in Parliament illegally. The same question could be asked of her Malaysian-born minister, Penny Wong. Tony Abbot, born in England, could be questioned on his nationality status as well. There are other federal politicians in the same situation and we have not heard from most of them on their nationality status either.
To set the record straight and to satisfy everyone that all politicians are being held to the same standard, each Member of Parliament should have to declare whether or not they hold citizenship with any other nation besides Australia. In fairness, even though we would oppose the Greens on many issues, it should be noted that at the time Greens senator Bob Brown was critical of the High Court’s decision to deny Heather Hill her place in parliament. However, the Liberal and Labor parties seemed quite happy to see Heather Hill lose her seat; if they are to abide by the law on this matter, then they should instigate an enquiry into all members of Parliament to determine their eligibility to be there. Or is there to be one rule for patriotic politicians and a different rule for multiculturalist politicians?
The Governor General, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Attorney-General for Australia should all do their duty and promptly investigate as to whether any current members of the Australian parliament are currently holding, or were elected whilst holding, citizenship for any country other than Australia.
The Liberal-Labor parties are ruining the Australian nation through their ill-conceived and nation-destroying policies of dismantling our tariff protections, enabling foreign ownership of companies to be easily obtained, importing massive numbers of Third World immigrants, and funding the divisive ideology of multiculturalism. So, whilst it is possible that there may be some rare individual exceptions, generally the Liberal-Labor politicians do not morally deserve to be in parliament, not because some of them are born overseas, but because they have betrayed the interests of the Australian people, and any of them who are there illegally should be immediately removed.
Here are the names of the federal politicians listed as being born overseas:
In the House of Representatives:
Tony Abbott, Liberal Party (born in London, England)
Bob Baldwin, Liberal Party (born in Gloucester, England)
Darren Cheeseman, Labor Party (born in Christchurch, New Zealand)
Paul Fletcher, Liberal Party (born in Devizes, Wiltshire, England)
Joanna Gash, Liberal Party (born in Groningen, Netherlands)
Julia Gillard, Labor Party (born in Barry, Wales)
Gary Gray, Labor Party (born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England)
Dennis Jensen, Liberal Party (born in Johannesburg, South Africa)
Sussan Ley, Liberal Party (born in Kano, Nigeria)
Brendan O’Connor, Labor Party (born in London, England)
Bernie Ripoll, Labor Party (born in Pézenas, France)
Laura Smyth, Labor Party (born in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Alex Somlyay, Liberal Party (born in Budapest, Hungary)
Craig Thomson, Labor Party (born in Wellington, New Zealand)
Maria Vamvakinou, Labor Party (born in Lefkada, Greece)
Tony Zappia, Labor Party (born in Platì, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy)
In the Senate:
Eric Abetz, Liberal Party (born in Stuttgart, West Germany)
Judith Adams, Liberal Party (born in Picton, New Zealand)
Doug Cameron, Labor Party (born in Bellshill, Scotland)
Stephen Conroy, Labor Party (born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England)
Mathias Cormann, Liberal Party (born in Eupen, Belgium)
Chris Evans, Labor Party (born in Cuckfield, England)
Alex Gallacher, Labor Party (born in New Cumnock, Scotland)
Scott Ludlam, Greens Party (born in Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Nigel Scullion, Country Liberal Party (born in London, England)
Nick Sherry, Labor Party (born in Kingston-on-Thames, England)
Ursula Stephens, Labor Party (born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland)
Larissa Waters, Greens Party (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Penny Ying-yen Wong, Labor Party (born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia)
“It Gets Worse For Craig Thomson”, FiveAA (Adelaide radio 1395AM), 26 August 2011
“Craig Thomson (politician)”, Wikipedia
“Businessman challenges One Nations Heather Hill”, Australian Associated Press, 1 December 1998 [Hong and Sue vs Heather Hill]
“NSW: High Court reserves decision on Heather Hill challenge”, Australian Associated Press, 15 March 1999 [businessman and kung fu grand master Henry Sue vs Heather Hill]
“One Nation’s dual nationality row”, BBC, 8 December 1998 [Malaysian-born Chuck Hong vs Heather Hill]
“Sue v Hill”, Wikipedia
“Why weren’t others thrown out with Heather Hill”, Crikey, 18 August 2002
“Is Julia Gillard validly a Member of Parliament?”, One Nation South Australia
“Greens share One Nation outrage at decision against Hill”, 7.30 Report (ABC), 23 June 1999
The birthplaces of politicians listed were sourced from their entries on Wikipedia (House of Representatives list, Senate list) and confirmed with their biography pages on the website of the Parliament of Australia