Posts Tagged ‘eligibility’

Law is a curious creature. It is impassive. It is neutral. And it is this impassive nature that allows it to apply equally to all those under it. Yet it is also this impassivity which can mean problems if the law is ignored, misapplied or corruptly used.

The eligibility crisis in Federal Parliament came about because all too many people decided to ignore the law. Specifically, when signing the relevant forms to stand for election, they happily signed the statement declaring they were eligible under section 44 of the Australian Constitution, without ensuring this was correct.

The likes of Barnaby Joyce simply ignored the requirements of the Constitution. What, Dad was a Kiwi? Nah, won’t apply to me. Malcolm Roberts pulled on his tinfoil hat, decided that he was an Australian and therefore nothing else would apply – presumably the hat was to shield him from dangerous citizenship rays from any other nation. They blatantly ignored the law. (more…)