CEFA's Constitutional Forum

Crikey. Section 44i might take out another two Ministers. On Monday Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce got up in parliament and announced that he was possibly a New Zealand citizen.

This week Federal Liberal Party Parliamentarians held a meeting to work out how to proceed with legislation for same-sex marriage.

This week Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced that the Greens Party would table, debate and vote on Charter of Rights legislation in the 45th Parliament.

The Australian Constitution, particularly section 44i, is on everyone’s mind at the moment. In the past month it has been discovered that four Senators held dual citizenship at the last election. As well as being Australian citizen Scott Ludlam is also a New Zealand citizen.

A lot has happened in the defence and security space this week. On Monday it was announced by the Prime Minister that the defence force would more easily be able to be called into domestic terrorism incidents.

Last week the Labor Party announced that they would challenge the eligibility of Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie to be in Parliament. The matter has been referred to the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

On Sunday (9 July) we will celebrate Constitution Day. It will be 117 years since the Queen assented the Australian Constitution into law in the UK.

The South Australian State Government last week introduced a major bank levy in their 2017 budget. This new levy is expected to raise $370 million for the State Government over four years and comes on top of the bank tax introduced by the Federal Government in their May 2017 budget.

Three Ministers in the Federal Government recently criticised the Victorian judiciary regarding an appeal that had yet to be decided by the Court.