Petition EN0038 is with Senator Ryan to be answered by about the 20th of May 2017.
I first asked about Tony Abbott's British citizenship because I was born in England in the same year as him and when he became Prime Minister I was curious about his citizenship and renunciation of British citizenship because there was nothing in any of the official and unofficial biographies about him.
So I emailed him and waited. No reply, not even an automated response.
I then contacted the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet asking how to do an FOI request to get a look at the renunciation paperwork. I figured out he had to have the paperwork to comply with the constitution so it would be in pride of place in his office.
It wasn't, in fact his Chief of Staff Peta Credlin replied to me saying she would become the FOI clerk should I dare submit an FOI. And she would refuse to give any information.
Others put in an FOI request when Abbott and Credlin were in London and got a response saying the documentation doesn't exist. That is here, or the FOI to look at the FOI is here. Because the original FOI didn't find any documentation it isn't listed in the PM&C FOI register which is a pity because it is such an important piece of information.
Change the system started a change.org petition to ask Mr Abbott to show he has renounced his British citizenship. It got over 33,000 signatures when it was presented to Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition, his deputy Tanya Plibersek and to the Greens member in the House of Representatives, Adam Bandt. All three did exactly nothing with the petition. Any normal person would think that 33,000 signatures asking for a politician to ask a question in parliament would be huge news. They didn't bother.
I read up about petitions and lodged one in the House of Representatives, it is here. Senator Cormann replied by telling the world that the law says MPs must obey the law and if they don't then go to the Court of Disputed Returns. Pfft to you Matty Cormann, sort of knew the law that's why a petition was lodged.
Senator Cormann said we must believe candidates when they tick the form on the Australian Electoral Commission nomination form where it says they comply with S44 of the constitution. He also said if they didn't do that then the only recourse was to go to the Court of Disputed Returns and petition them. That CODR is limited to voters in the seat where the MP lied to get into parliament. A candidate in Warringah tried that but ended up in a mental hospital, was committed on the way to the High Court in Sydney to lodge with the court of disputed returns.
I doubt Abbott or the Liberal Party had anything to do with the committal but someone did. Perhaps just doing their mate Abbott a favour, or doing something to protect their hero. The candidate may be a loony, but standing for election doesn't look like the sort of thing a lunatic would consider. Anyhow, a person was kept in a mental institution for 3 months and released without reason or apology.
Have I mentioned I had 5 death threats up until yesterday when another on twitter decided they were going to have a go. All are with the Federal Police and this latest got an abject apology quite quickly.
So I lodged another petition, a new fangled e-petition. Doc Jensen was a complete waste of space and oxygen as a parliamentarian but he did bring in the e-petition system, which is quite brilliant. Petition EN0038 is here.
The petition was blocked in the committee phase by Mr Vasta presumably as part of the Abbott protection society so I called on my Queensland senators and my local MP Andrew Wallace. Mr Wallace wrote and advised he had spoken with Mr Vasta and the petition is now going to Senator Ryan for an answer. Hopefully Senator Ryan will read this and realise the petitioners know the petition system, know the law and realise the law doesn't work.
Petitions throughout history have shown that asking a member of parliament to look at asking a question does work and I trust we will finally get an answer about Mr Abbott's dual citizenship.
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