The irony of the link between citizenship, refugees and indigenous affairs

29 November 2017 8:36 am

There is a delicious irony about the High Court’s ruling on the so-called Citizenship Seven which has ruled certain parliamentarians are ineligible to sit throwing the Australian government into turmoil.

The gate-keeping around Section 44 of the Constitution is critical for a country founded in 1788 on the fiction that it was once a "terra nullius" (nobody's land). This ignored First Nations people who had sovereign belonging to the land for at least 60,000 years prior. They were not permitted to become citizens of the nation until a 1967 referendum.

Add to that the "White Australia"migration policy marked in particular by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, which systematically deterred people of non-European descent from migrating to Australia. That was operating for much of the twentieth century.

All this uproar over citizenship comes at a time when the Australian government had rejected a proposal for substantive recognition of the nation’s First Peoples in the constitution. The Uluru proposal was rejected at Cabinet five months on from the historic constitutional summit

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been running a team of parliamentarians deemed by the constitution not to be eligible to sit in Parliament, says this proposal was “inconsistent” with the principles of the constitution. As if he would know.

At the same time, refugees on Manus Island are enduring prison conditions condemned around the world by human rights authorities.

So the politicians that have declared they cannot settle in Australia are deemed to be not “Australian” enough to sit in parliament.

The Australian government’s hypocrisy is appalling.

Leon Gettler

2017

December

02 Dec 2017 - What to expect now that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty

November

30 Nov 2017 - Bitcoin – another Tulip boom

29 Nov 2017 - The irony of the link between citizenship, refugees and indigenous affairs

October

22 Oct 2017 - Trump vow to declassify Kennedy files is a distraction

07 Oct 2017 - What’s ahead for the Minerals Council of Australia?

September

16 Sep 2017 - Australia’s energy crisis shows the stupidity of privatisation

09 Sep 2017 - Why climate change will devastate Florida

July

16 Jul 2017 - Laws of mathematics don’t apply to Australia: Malcolm Turnbull

June

17 Jun 2017 - Political backlash over the Grenfell fire

11 Jun 2017 - A win for Macron is a lesson for Theresa May

04 Jun 2017 - Attacks in London could change the election

May

28 May 2017 - Why Donald Trump will survive and be re-elected in 2020

20 May 2017 - Will the Mueller probe examine Trump’s Russian business ties?

13 May 2017 - Hypocrisy over Chloe Shorten’s necklace

06 May 2017 - Macron vs Le Pen: France is no longer one country

April

29 Apr 2017 - Turnbull government attacks banks over Adani

23 Apr 2017 - Why the French election is important

08 Apr 2017 - Russian navy moves in

01 Apr 2017 - Australia is one of the world’s worst money laundering property markets

March

19 Mar 2017 - Peter Dutton goes poofter bashing

04 Mar 2017 - Trump will take the market to a fiscal bloodbath

February

26 Feb 2017 - Trump’s mental condition

18 Feb 2017 - Adani’s results tell us the company will not develop in Australia

11 Feb 2017 - Why the Coalition’s “clean coal” plan is crap

04 Feb 2017 - It’s Trump versus the courts

January

27 Jan 2017 - The cost of Trump's wall on consumers

21 Jan 2017 - A look at Europe's future

20 Jan 2017 - Can Trump make America great again?

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