I've thrown my Akubra (politician hat?) into the Wentworth By-election.
My profile on Antony Green (ABC Election Analyst) Wentworth By-election candidate tracker:
Yes, I did venture/appropriate the term 'remote viewing' candidate.
Antony Green kindly added I "polled 253 votes or 0.3%" when I fought former PM Tony Abbott on the beaches in the NSW 2016 Fed seat of Warringah.
A modest electoral vote but a success in supporting Marriage Equality:
I have but one By-Election Policy:
Making Australians Australian Again
Many Australians have Unknowingly (and shockingly) ceased to be Australian citizens.
If aged over 34 now, simply obtaining a foreign passport before 1 July 2002 could have lost your Australian citizenship.
And those naturalised in a foreign country after 1948 (other than marriage) actually lost their citizenship rather than gaining dual citizenship.
Perhaps Famous Ex-Pats in the UK Barry Humphries, Clive James, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes (before passing) are actually Ex-Aussies!
How can this be?
Section 17 of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 provides:
“An Australian citizen of full age and of full capacity, who, whilst outside Australia and New Guinea, by some voluntary and formal act, other than marriage, acquires the nationality or citizenship of a country other than Australia, shall thereupon cease to be an Australian citizen.”
In 1973, this provision was carried over to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.
In 1992, section 17 extended to acquire steps whilst inside as well as outside Australia:
“17. (1) A person, being an Australian citizen who has attained the age of 18
years, who does any act or thing:
(a) the sole or dominant purpose of which; and
(b) the effect of which;
is to acquire the nationality or citizenship of a foreign country, shall, upon
that acquisition, cease to be an Australian citizen.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an act of marriage.”
From 1 July 2002, section 17 was finally and sensibly repealed. But it was not done retrospectively.
Since 1984 there have been fee-paying admin pathways to resume citizenship via section 23AA of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 and section 29 of the current Australian Citizenship Act 2007.
But there remain many Australians who are simply unaware that by obtaining (what they thought was) dual citizenship prior to 1 July 2002 they actually lost their Australian citizenship. Is true.
My By-Election Policy is to Make (these) Australians Australian Again by:
1. No fee to make an application to resume Australian citizenship; and
2. If an application is made, the person shall be, and deemed to have remained, an Australian citizen notwithstanding previous Acts of Parliament which ceased their Australian citizenship.
That is a fair go – restoring continuity of Australian citizenship.
A triumph over Government overreach.
It would also extend to politicians in the current Parliament aged over 34 who lost their Australian citizenship if they first acquired foreign nationality or citizenship prior to 1 July 2002 (other than by marriage).
Section 163(1)(b) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 prescribes that a qualification for nomination is a politician must be an Australian citizen.
It is quite possible there have been, and still are, federal politicians ineligible to be elected due to not being an Australian citizen at the time of nomination.
As for What it Means to be an Australian
The 18 April 2018 National Press Club speech of Richard Flanagan is Worth A Read and Listen To.