The PM likens the proposed onus on parliamentarians to disclose the facts of their citizenship to those requiring disclosure of their financial matters (“PM seeks end to crisis”, November 7). As history shows a lamentable record of failures by parliamentarians to fully disclose relevant financial interests, what faith can we have as to this belated and weak proposition?
Greg Maidment Bronte
John Alexander is clearly at fault (“Alexander the great unknown”, November 7). He should have been more on the ball, and it serves him right that he is now caught up in the net of the dual citizenship crisis. He should not be let off lightly.
Simon Squires Hornsby
Any chance Mathias Cormann is a dual citizen?
Kevin Farrell Beelbangera
Malcolm Turnbull clearly wasn’t having fun this week when he insisted that his system for resolving dual citizenship questions was not an audit.
After months of stonewalling on an audit of MPs it was difficult to announce a system close to what Labor proposed, but it should satisfy the Liberal dissidents calling for an end to the citizenship fiasco. Applying the old test that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck, then the PM’s system is an audit.
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James Moore Kingsgrove
The citizenship saga continues to rage on, with a swag of prominent parliamentarians set to be referred to the High Court after it was revealed today that they all share an aunty. Federal pollies who grew up watching too much ABC TV could well find themselves classified as British citizens by way of cultural exposure.
Andrew Stark East Gosford
I am a dual citizen, British by birth, Australian by choice through naturalisation. But my parents, who migrated to Australia in 1950, were Welsh, and like many British migrants never became Australian citizens. My father served 20 years in the RAAF, as did my Welsh-born brother. They never contemplated renouncing their British citizenship.
So how likely is it that John Alexander’s father would have taken this step? There was no need. He could vote and had all the rights of a person born in Australia. Wishful thinking is no excuse for non-disclosure of the facts.
Dr Marilyn Dodkin Bowral
The PM must be relieved that your headline reads “PM seeks end to crisis” – and not “Crisis sees end of PM”.
Edward Loong Milsons Point
It’s not really that surprising to learn that John Alexander (above) might be playing doubles.
Ross Duncan Potts Point
How many ineligible members of Parliament and senators will pass Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s bill to impose citizenship disclosures? It’s still one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us. Any other Australian ruled ineligible for something in the eyes of the Commonwealth government wouldn’t receive such quarter, or presumption of innocence.
John Townsend Croydon Park
The news that Mr Turnbull is suggesting a register for MPs’ citizenship is totally inadequate. It’s too late, as the MPs need to verify that they do not have dual citizenship before they stand as a candidate. If they do not do this and are dual citizens, they are breaking the law and if they win, the election will have been a waste of time and money. They are not entitled to become an MP, or even be paid as an MP, if they have dual citizenship.
With the number of politicians declared to be illegally elected increasing by the week, what is the government going to do about the illegal payment of salaries they have received? The decisions they have been part of, when they should not even have been in Parliament? How long will the legal challenges go on in the courts? What a mess.
Sarah de Jong Gladesville
How appropriate that Malcolm Turnbull has concluded the trifecta towards his political demise at Melbourne Cup time. Leg one was the decision to call a double dissolution and lose a healthy majority. The second was spending millions on the marriage equality plebiscite, which has encouraged a greater number of younger people than usual to register for voting and who will mostly support non-Coalition parties at the next election. And the jackpot has been hit with his “citizenship register”, which could result in more of his members being ruled ineligible and the early downfall of his government. Punters beware, and shy away from any horse that Malcolm backs.
Tony Re Georges Hall
Motorists slam motorway boss over toll comments
The taxpayers of NSW finished paying for the M4 in 2010. For the government to reintroduce tolls to pay for the WestConnex extension is tantamount to larceny and double dipping (“Return of M4 toll called exciting”, November 7). Rest assured the motorists who use the M4 are not “excited”. The change of conditions was achieved by “one stroke of the pen” by the NSW government without any consultation.
Jan Wilson Glebe
Dennis Cliche would say that, wouldn’t he? He’s not Sydney Motorway Corporation chief executive for nothing, that’s clear.
Terry Lavis Coogee
So Mr Cliche thinks it is “exciting” to extract a tax from western Sydney drivers and joke about people’s concerns on pollution and health. This is another example of the unearned privilege of the big end of town. For his monstrous salary he obviously enjoys inflicting financial pain on those mere pawns in his game. For many of the road’s “clients”, the toll represents a “tax” in excess of 2 per cent of their income. How about we levy a tax toll of 2 per cent of his salary?
Duncan Cameron Lane Cove
Dennis Cliche of the Sydney Motorway Corporation is the sort of company executive who 40 years ago would have said he had no problems living in a house with asbestos.
Cornelius van der Weyden Balmain East
The intemperate remarks of Mr Cliche, the chief executive of the company building WestConnex, have left him up a creek without a paddle. Speaking about his excitement at raiding the pockets of motorists and truckies while dismissing the health concerns of local residents, he faces a diabolical public response to his attempt to promote the success of his efforts.
Doug Walker Baulkham Hills
Liberals show they lack compassion
Sadly, Oliver Yates’ description of Liberal Party climate policy could easily be applied to so many more policies such as asylum seekers, welfare, health and education through which the Liberals have “knowingly and willingly” inflicted damage on others. Moreover, they consistently blame the victims rather than themselves further demonstrating their lack of compassion and understanding. This is what happens when you meld the cold heart of economic rationalism with an arrogant sense of entitlement.
Philip Cooney Wentworth Falls
Is seeking asylum a crime? No. Is smuggling people a crime? Let’s assume that it is. Since when do we punish victims of crime for the crime committed upon them?
David Corbett Albury
With her offer to take in 150 refugees languishing in Australia’s offshore refugee concentration camp on Manus Island, PNG and Nauru, NZ PM Jacinda Ardern showed the human face of the NZ government and the people it represents.
By rejecting the magnanimous offer what has the Turnbull government shown the world? Its cruel character?
Rajend Naidu Glenfield
If you incarcerate people for years with their future being potentially dependent on their current compliance then it is no wonder freedom in PNG is a daunting prospect.
Sally Shepard Port Macquarie
Unfortunately our parliamentary leaders are too busy caring about their own futures instead of worrying about a solution to the refugee crisis.
Denis Suttling Newport Beach
I often talk to taxi and Uber drivers, many who come from India, China and the Middle East. Frequently these immigrants have come to Australia with masters degrees and doctorates. This level of education would have no doubt accelerated their process of immigration. Once here however they are faced with years of “re-education” at prohibitive cost to qualify locally. At a time when we could use qualified people in regional and remote areas is there not a better way to expedite their local qualification? Or is it, as I suspect, just another aspect of the business model we rationalise in modern-day higher education. This seems to me yet another example of the Australian government’s talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Jessica Revill Newtown
Aborigines need voting power
Turnbull’s outright dismissal of a referendum to give Indigenous Australians a voice in Parliament was poor politics. Turnbull should have at least floated the idea in Parliament. (“Turnbull’s referendum response condemned”, November 7). Turnbull characterised such an advisory group as a “third chamber of Parliament”. But such a group could not be a “third chamber of Parliament” if its role is purely advisory, and it has no power of veto or to vote on legislation.
A right to give advice is not the same however, as a right to vote. It is nigh time that Aboriginal Australians exercised some real voting power in Australia.
Although a referendum to change the Constitution would be difficult, perhaps Australian voters would accept a number of Indigenous seats in the House of Representatives based on Indigenous numbers. While this would mean only four or five seats in a total of 150, this number could have a significant voice as part of the crossbench. Obviously registered Aboriginal voters couldn’t “double dip” at elections. They would choose to vote for their local candidate or vote for an Aboriginal candidate, but not both.
Geoff Black Caves Beach
Tax havens do harm
The Western world has often introduced sanctions against countries deemed to be harmful to the world order. Why do we not have sanctions against tax haven countries, who do us great harm, by harbouring tax dodging companies and the super rich (“Let’s name and shame those who seek to hide”, November 7).
Paul Doyle Glenbrook
While our Prime Minister may approve of the Queen’s Cayman Islands investment of her spare cash, it does nothing for my feelings towards the royal family, but makes me further hope for a Republic here in Australia.
Jim Banks Pottsville Beach
If they were still around today it’d be interesting to hear what F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway would have to say about the Paradise Capers. When Fitzgerald wrote: “The rich are different to you and me”, Ernest replied via a later story with the smart remark: “Yes Scott, they have more money”. Their quotes should now be updated to add: “And they’ll go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying taxes”. The rule for the super rich is clearly too much money is never enough.
I suspect most won’t be in the least surprised by the Paradise revelations. What would be truly amazing would be the election of a government prepared to change the rules and so close the growing gap between the very wealthy and everybody else.
Nick Franklin Katoomba
Trump’s inconsistent rules
Yet again a gun massacre in the US, perpetrated by a white man with a machine gun and President Trump finds it inappropriate to discuss gun laws. Contrary to this however, immediately after an horrific terrorist incident committed in the US, President Trump doesn’t hesitate to bring up the topic of a death sentence, imprisonment in Guantanamo, slashing of migration numbers, curtailing citizens’ abilities to bring in family members with the intention of reuniting families and barring visitors from selective Muslim majority countries. As usual, different rules for different folks.
Rosie Elsass Brighton
Figures don’t add up for country’s economy
Where did the money go?
Debates over how far we have progressed can be complex. But to simplify, 30 years ago you could go to university and TAFE for free. You could own a house and raise four kids on one income. With 20 plus years of uninterrupted growth we have to ask, where did all the money go?
Glenn Holmes Katoomba .
On ya bike problem
I suspect this bike problem is a cyclical thing.
Bill Carpenter Bowral
Thanks to Rowan Wigmore for pointing out the airport is named Ayres Rock to avoid confusion with Uluru (Letters, November 7). It would avoid a bumpy landing too!
Ian Cox Kenthurst
Fake news failure
Amanda Vanstone’s short history of “fake news” (“Fake news not new, it’s just dressed up bias and bulldust”, November 6) avoided the Children Overboard Affair of the Howard era. I wonder why?
Ian Ferrier Paddington
Bishop next in line
Of course Julie Bishop will be the next PM. If you know you’re going to lose, you give the job to a woman. Just ask Joan Kirner and Kristina Kenneally.
Keith Binns Goulburn
Life expectancy skewed
As an aging recipient of a life-saving cardiac intervention, I’m really grateful for our increased life expectancy (“We’ve come of age since 1867”, November 7), but the raw figures are a little deceptive. A considerable portion of the lower expectancy in 1867 was because of the far higher death rate among infants and young children.
Norm Neill Darlinghurst
A helping hound hand
Hear, hear, Evan Ahern, (Letters, November 7.) may I help you walk the dogs?
Thelma Frost Mudgee