Seven MPs are now under a cloud as to whether dual citizenship renders them ineligible to be elected to parliament.
The MPs under a cloud because of dual citizenship need to be very careful about the decisions they make before the matter is resolved. Here's why.
The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.
The High Court ruling over the five MPs' legitimacy to hold seats may hang on whether they took reasonable steps to renounce their non-Australian citizenships.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Pauline Hanson is set to move that the High Court consider the eligibility of her One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
If we ban all donations from individuals and corporations, funding for political campaigns must come from elsewhere.
Even if Matt Canavan survives, his immediate absence from cabinet is a blow to Barnaby Joyce.
Matt Canavan was seemingly able to obtain Italian citizenship without being born or spending any time in Italy.
At the heart of the current controversy is that the senators were either ignorant of their second nationality or believed themselves to have lost it.
Matt Canavan has resigned as the minister for resources and northern Australia after being told by the Italian embassy that he is an Italian citizen.
The Greens are in shock after their co-deputy leader, Scott Ludlam, discovered he is ineligible to sit in federal parliament because he has dual New Zealand citizenship.
Given the Turnbull government only has a one-seat majority in the lower house, the immediate stakes of the challenge to David Gillespie's eligibility are as high as they could possibly be.
The Mabo decision changed Australia's concept of land ownership. It was a divisive yet important step toward recognising Indigenous rights and establishing native title.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
The rationale for banning foreign donations is to stop the threat of overseas interests undermining Australian democracy.
After all of the legal controversies of the past year we have ended up in essentially the same position – the Senate will include a One Nation senator from Western Australia, but not Rod Culleton.
Women’s exclusion from legal and political power for much of last century makes Susan Kiefel’s appointment all the more significant.
Given that a hard Brexit currently looks to be the most likely outcome, the British people need to be given another say.