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Revealed: taxpayers foot $11.6 million bill for Parliament’s citizenship fiasco
Examiner19.12.17 6:00 am
As probably the only person who has taken a pollie to the High Court over his dual nationality it may be noted with interest that Abetz had to pay his costs.
This despite my being forced to withdraw my case as Abetz had renounced his German citizenship just prior to the election, and was from that point on entitled to sit in the Senate.
The fact that he had sat for 16 years as a dual national could not be contested without starting the case all over again.
Why have all those who have actually failed to pass the High Court litmus test over dual citizenship not been forced to pay all their costs?
It is a simple form which suggests that before signing the potential pollie should take a legal opinion if unsure of his nationality and its status.
Those caught out took no care and no responsibility when they signed the document and therefore they should no longer be in Parliament.
Why should the taxpayer pay $11.6 million for their incompetence and crass stupidity?
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