CEFA's Constitutional Forum

At 2.15pm yesterday many Australians were holding their breath and waiting for the High Court to deliver their decision about the validity of same sex marriage postal survey. We didn’t have to wait long, within a minute or two we had an answer.

Last Thursday the first hearing for five of the members of Parliament found to have dual citizenship was heard by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel.

A speech by the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia at Anglo Australian Lawyers Association on Wednesday 12 July 2017 in London.

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.