Tony Abbott's citizenship by descentcame about through a form being filled in and signed by his mum. The normal way for this to happen is to have mum or dad fill in the form within the first 5 years of the kids life and then you don't need ministerial approval.
Tony Abbott was 23 at the time and from everyone I have spoken to at the Department of Immigration once a child becomes an adult the adult child must fill in their own forms.
Tony's mum did it for him.
I tried emailing Mr Dutton as the minister to find out if mummy filling in the form was legitimate. I waited 3 or 4 months and nothing so I lodged an FOI to find out what was legal. After 7 months the Information Ombudsman go the department to respond to the FOI. It was roughly a hundred blank pages. After the first 3 months waiting for a reply to the FOI I lodged a petition in the 44th parliament. It was ignored and hidden by the Petitions Committee and marked not to be referred.
At the start of the 45th Parliament I lodged pretty much the same petition again and it was read into Parliament and put in Hansard on 10th of October 2016.
Me Dutton replied to that petition in December 2016 but the email must have got lost int he interweb. I didn't find out until well into 2017 that there was a reply, and after reading it I can figure out why no one wanted it seen. Mr Dutton hadn't bothered reading the petition and didn't bother answering it. This is what he sent as a reply:-
So we start again.
Petition EN0154 is now on the petitions list waiting for signatures. It should be closed for signatures about 21 April 2017. The link is where you can sign if you want to. One signature is enough to have petitions put to parliament so no real drama there.
So there we have it. A fiasco of years. Fingers crossed but not holding my breath.
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