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Unlikely SENATOR for Aust.Cap.Terr.

Why ??
I was a self-represented 
PARTY in litigation against ANDREW BOLT which ran for 4 long years.



DAVID BARROW, INDEPENDENT Candidate, Federal Election, Senate Candidate, Australian Capital Territory

Reasonable Steps to renounce Dual Citizenship
Filed Under:

I confirmed my Australian Citizenship!

Then took 'reasonable steps' to renounce my dual British Citizenship to run as an Independent Candidate – to bother Tony Abbott in Warringah for the 2016 Federal Election.

I filled out the British Home Office application and attached the following cover letter:

Special Circumstances – Renunciation British Citizenship

I am applying to renounce my British Citizenship solely so as not to be incapable of contesting the Australian federal election which is fixed for 2 July 2016.

Section 44 of the Constitution of Australia provides:

  "Any person who:
  (i) is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power;
  ... shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives."

In Sue v Hill [1999] HCA 30; 199 CLR 462, the High Court of Australia found that the election of Senator Hill (an Australian Citizen) to the Australian Parliament was invalid as she had not taken 'reasonable steps' to renounce her British Citizenship.

What constitutes 'reasonable steps' has not been defined by Australian Courts, however there are indications that it does not necessarily mean that a candidate must actually be declared at any particular time by the foreign country to have renounced their foreign citizenship.

In the event that I am not elected as a member of the Australian Parliament on 2 July 2016, I will notify your Department to immediately withdraw my application to renounce my British Citizenship, if possible.

I note from the Guide RN for Declaration of Renunciation that if the declaration is registered in the expectation of acquiring another citizenship (which is not my circumstances), the applicant has some 6 months to provide further information concerning this.

I will provide further information on the outcome of the Australian federal election division that I am contesting when this becomes known. I expect that this will be in July 2016.

I understand that it is totally a matter of discretion for your Department as to whether final processing of my application to renounce my British Citizenship will await this further information.

Yours sincerely,
David C. Barrow

Enclosed: RN application to renounce British Citizenship together with payment slip, British Passport and Australian Passport


Back on 30 May 2016, I also alerted other aspiring candidates that I would be taking these steps.

From the responses I received my information was pretty popular – with one (nervous?) candidate sharing it around her party 63 times! (per email stats) 

There is a movement that challenges the legitimacy of Barack Obama's Presidency because they say he was not a natural-born citizen of the United States.  They demanded he show his birth certificate.  He did.  It says Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Many challengers were still not satisfied.

In Australia, some challenge sitting members of Parliament to prove that they are not incapable of holding parliamentary office as dual citizens.  Prove your renunciation of foreign citizenship they say.  I'm not sure if these challengers can be satisfied either.

What I can say is that Australia is a multicultural nation: 28% of Australians are born overseas.   A further 20% have at least one parent born overseas.  And over 5 million Aussies have dual citizenship.

On 30 October 2003, the Senate passed a motion moved by Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett, expressing the Senate's view that s 44(i) of the Constitution should be amended to remove the current prohibition on dual citizens being able to nominate for election to the Commonwealth Parliament.

I agree with this motion.

Perhaps in time we will see a referendum question for the Australian people to achieve this.

Here again are some sentiments from 5 May 2016 when I started to explore this area in our High Court:

DAVID CHARLES BARROW – I am a Welsh-Australian!

I am an Australian Citizen born in 1969 in the outer-eastern suburb of Ferntree Gully in Victoria.


Portrait of Me as a young artist

My father Malcolm Barrow is a British Citizen born 1934 in Skewen, a small Welsh village on the outskirts of Swansea, South Wales.  His parents and grandparents were all born, lived and died in Wales.

In 1959, my father arrived in Melbourne, Australia, from the UK on RMS Strathnaver with the support of the Australian Government "ten pound ticket" Assisted Passage Migration Scheme.

My father only planned to stay in Australia for 2 years.  Then he met my mother Shirley at a social dance at the St Kilda Town Hall.

My mother is an Australian Citizen born 1935 in Cheltenham, Victoria.  Her parents were born in England and immigrated to Australia in the 1920s.

My parents Malcolm and Shirley courted and then married in 1962.

In 1966, they built a house at the foothills of the Dandenong Mountains in Victoria – on a Welsh-sounding street, on land that was a former daffodil farm (the national flower of Wales).

They have lived in that quiet place for 50 years.

My sister Julie, was born an Australian Citizen in 1967 in the same hospital where I was later born in 1969.

In my boyhood, my friends found my father's distinctive Welsh accent hard to understand so sometimes I had to interpret for them.  Cooking Welsh food and seeing Welsh people on the television was something special for us.

Very rarely did we encounter other people who identified as Welsh in Australia.

Through my father's Welsh ancestry, my sister Julie and I both obtained dual Australian-British Citizenship.

On a number of occasions we each travelled to the UK and stayed with our Welsh relatives.  For me this was in 1979, 1995, 1997 and 2009.

In 2008, tragically my sister Julie suffered a severe asthma attack and died shortly after (aged 40) at the St Vincent's Intensive Care Unit in Melbourne.  It was very, very sad.

My sister's ashes were flown to the UK and scattered by our Welsh relatives at Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

My father had become an Australian Citizen in 1985.  His Welsh father, Dai Barrow, wrote him a fiery letter disowning him, perhaps not understanding that my father still retained his British Citizenship.  Thankfully the disowning didn't last.

When my father travelled back to Wales in 1988 an ailing Dai asked had he received the letter.  My father said perhaps it had been lost in the mail.  And no more was said of it.  My grandfather died not long after that.

My parents and I remain in regular contact with our Welsh relatives through email and videophone – and they recognise us as Welsh and Australian.

Although I have English ancestry on my mother's side, I do not feel English.  I do however very much identify as Welsh.

Given my upbringing being Welsh for me is not something that I have chosen.

This resonates with the decision in the 2011 Federal Court of Australia case of EATOCK v BOLT where the controversialist Andrew Bolt was found to have QUITE WRONGLY implied in a slurry of Herald Sun articles that some prominent Aboriginal people with fairer rather than darker skin "chose" to identifying as Aboriginal for career and other benefits.

It was not a choice for them.

Having 'official' British Citizenship or indeed Australian Citizenship is not something totally necessary for me to be a Welsh-Australian.  Bureaucrats cannot take that away from me.

However having this Citizenship of both countries helps manifest my identity for myself and others.

So I want to retain my dual Australian-British Citizenship – like millions of other Aussies who enjoy dual Citizenship in our multicultural nation.



David C. Barrow

Melbourne, Australia



2011 Australian Census

Australian Population        21,507,717

Overseas Born                   5,294,150

BORN IN WALES                     28,675

Australians with Dual Citizenship ESTIMATED AT 4 TO 5 MILLION.

MEDIA RELEASE  30 March 2016  –  Australian Bureau of Statistics 'Overseas born Aussies highest in over a century'

o      28.2% of Australian resident population born overseas

o      FURTHER 20% have at least one parent born overseas.



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