Eligibiilty of Dual Citizens: The Coming-of-Age of Section 44
Eligibility of Dual Citizens: The Coming-of-Age of Section 44’ (2018) 40(1) Law Society Bulletin 6-9
5 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 25, 2018
In 2017, Australia played host to “the world’s most ridiculous constitutional crisis”. Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, which had been invoked in only a handful of cases to find candidates ineligible to be chosen to sit in the Commonwealth Parliament, was suddenly at the forefront of national attention. So was the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, which by the end of 2017 had ruled that eight of the 10 individuals it had examined were ineligible to have been elected at the 2016 election.
Keywords: Eligibiilty of dual citizens, Australian Constitution, Section 44
JEL Classification: K1
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