Thursday, July 27, 2017

Matt Canavan MP Dual Citizen. Australian Constitution May Be AntiSemitic

Australian Law Might Be Antisemitic.There has been recent controversy over the discovery that Australian Member of Parliament Matt Canavan MP holds dual citizenship, which precludes him from being an MP.
Investigations into this old law could very well open a much larger can of worms...

The right to hold political office may be prohibited for immigrants and even their offspring, even if they are Australian citizens, if they are merely eligible for citizenship in a foreign country.
Under section 44i of our constitution, not only is a dual citizen prohibited from holding political office, but any person who "Is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen [of a foreign power]."
I might be exclude from the right to hold public office because although I'm Australian born; as a child of Greek citizens I am entitled to Greek citizenship; because Greece holds an "allegiance" to me, even "if" I don't feel the same way.
Even though I am not presently
"entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.";
all it would take is a demand of the right of citizenship by me to Greece.

My Kids, however, are not entitled to Greek citizenship, unless I first become a citizen; so my acquiring Greek citizenship might preclude another generation of my family from entering politics...

However, if your family is Jewish; then it may be the case that none of your descendants will ever have the right to hold public office, as Israel's "allegiance" to all Jews is such that they all have the right to citizenship...
This law appears to have the potential for permanent hereditary implications for those [Jews, their children and grandchildren and spouses] with "allegiance" to Israel; a potential which does not apply to those with a heritage of allegiance to any other nation; because under Israeli Law:
“ The rights of a Jew under this law, and the rights of an Ole under the Citizenship Law -1952, and the rights of a Ole under any other law, are given to the child or grandchild of a Jew, the spouse of a Jew the spouse of a child and grandchild of a Jew; Except a person who was born Jewish and out of his free will converted his religion.”

This recent controversy
is not necessarily simply about Matt Canavan MP’s dual citizenship; it's about "entitlement" to citizenship by descent; which the high court has never ruled on...

As a self identifying Greek, "claiming" first loyalties to Australia...
Draconian as it may seem.... At first glance... I can see positive national interest for Australia in tightening these loopholes around QUESTIONABLE allegiances.
Will anyone dare challenge to the High Court????

Jewish groups will be allarmed over this if it gets traction..