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LUDLAM CASE FAILS CANBERRA CHECKS

Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

It is too simplistic to engage in political point scoring, as a Labor party official did on TV last night, and question why the Greens could not even get the citizenship check of Senator Scott Ludlam right.

Yes, Ludlam should have checked and so should his party, but I wonder why there are no checks and balances in place at our Federal parliament to make sure even honest mistakes like this one can’t happen.

Q: Are you an Australian citizen?

Q: Are you also a citizen of another country than Australia?

Ludlam did the right thing by resigning immediately once his dual citizenship was confirmed, but surely this should not have happened and the bureaucrats in Canberra need to do better at checking the eligibility of future parliamentarians.

I believe it would be unfair to Ludlam to demand he pays back the salary he received as Senator. He did turn up for work and was very active and made a good contribution to Australia, so why would the community he served well want to force him into financial disaster.

 

Roel Loopers

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  1. bigjulie said, on July 17, 2017 at 2:13 am

    The crux of the matter is if he paid for and held a current passport or was he merely eligible. Bit of a storm in a teacup …. we are not at war with New Zealand…… yet!

  2. Paula Amaral said, on July 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Why is the Queen who is born in England and doesn’t even have dual citizenship allowed to be the Head of state, but Scott Ludlum can’t be a senator?

  3. freoishome said, on July 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    His explanation at the time of his resignation statement, seemed rational to me. His citizenship was something that happened while he was a boy living at home. He has assumed since then that he was an Australian, not a Dual NZ/Aussie.

  4. Cate Rose said, on July 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I agree Roel. Whether or not you support his party, he’s put the work in over the years, there’s no reason to force him to pay money back – there should be checks and balances. At the end of the day no one has been hurt. It was simply an oversight. Destroying him is not helpful to society.


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