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The citizenship conundrum

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Fiona Katauskas |  21 August 2017

 

 

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas

 

 


Fiona Katauskas Fiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

 



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multiple personality identity crisis.

Pam 22 August 2017

Section 44 is better understood if we consider the geopolitical context in which it was framed. It was the high point of empire, and competition and conflict between them. The Brits, the Germans, the French, the Dutch, the Americans, the Russians, the Ottomans, and - increasingly - the Japanese. Australians were all British subjects, as were New Zealanders, Canadians, South Africans and so forth. Section 44 was aimed not at them but at subjects of the other, always potential, sometime active, enemies. In that context, it made sense. In today's culturally diverse nation operating in a global economy trading wherever, section 44 no longer make sense. Time perhaps for the high Court to engage in a bit of judicial law-making perhaps? A black-letter law judgement will be unfortunate, not just for the individual politicians, but for all of us, but if anyone is to blame it's a whole raft of politicians who have never seen it necessary to propose an amendment to the constitution.

Ginger Meggs 23 August 2017