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Under a Greek cloud
« on: Thursday, 24 August, 2017 @ 18:32:05 »
Bit of a stumble down under where the issue of dual nationality is costing some politicians their posts. Latest is, allegedly, a Greek of Kefalonian descent:

Why does it matter if a politician has dual citizenship?

The Australian Constitution prohibits it. The document, enacted on Jan. 1, 1901, includes a section outlining who can and who cannot sit in the Senate, the upper house of the Australian Parliament. Section 44.1 states that: "any person who is under acknowledgement 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 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."

This has been interpreted to mean that dual citizens cannot sit in the Australian Parliament.

Parliament's dual citizenship debacle may claim another scalp, with the possibility raised that Senator Arthur Sinodinos may be a Greek citizen.

But Sinodinos has emphatically denied that he is anything but an Australian citizen only.

The Industry Minister was born in Newcastle, but it has been suggested he may unwittingly hold Greek citizenship by virtue of his late parents who were born on the Ionian island of Cephalonia.

Sinodinos would be the seventh parliamentarian to be under a dual citizenship cloud.