The only effective way of destroying the undue influence of large foreign donations is by placing a cap on all donations.
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.
Members of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890.
Parliamentary Education Office
The now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by the authors, drafted in private and accepted out of weariness.
Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been referred to the High Court over her possible dual citizenship status.
That it has taken more than five months and a compulsory declaration procedure for some MPs' dual citizenship issues to come to light reflects extremely badly on them.
Katy Gallagher says she will not refer herself to the court because her legal advice was that she had taken all the steps required of her before she nominated.
Katy Gallagher is one of several Labor MPs likely to be referred to the High Court as the citizenship crisis turns on the opposition.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Jacqui Lambie bids a tearful farewell in the Senate this week, after becoming the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.
Changing the Constitution is the only way to draw a line under this chaos.
Jim Molan, the architect of the Coalition’s border policy, appears set to become a Liberal senator.
Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the Coalition joint ticket for the 2016 election and was set to get the position on the recount.
A ministerial vacancy has opened with the elevation of Scott Ryan to the Senate presidency.
The government has agreed to Labor's December 1 deadline and tougher conditions in a deal on MPs citizenship disclosure.
Former tennis star John Alexander, pictured here with Malcolm Turnbull, is expected to resign on the weekend.
John Alexander is expected to resign over the weekend, becoming the latest MP to be claimed by the dual citizenship crisis.
There was much cynicism about Malcolm Turnbull resisting a full audit.
The bottom line is that voters want the citizenship matter fixed quickly.
Malcolm Turnbull stressed this would not be an audit – for which there have been widespread calls.
The Turnbull government is trying to limit the damage from the citizenship crisis with a plan to have all MPs make declarations about their circumstances.
Bill Shorten has said Labor would support a ‘universal disclosure to the parliament’ on citizenship.
Labor has been on a unity ticket with the Coalition in opposing an audit, but as the crisis continues to unfold it has moved to a position that falls short of bringing in an outside auditor.
Malcolm Turnbull’s current mood about how all this is playing out can be easily imagined.
The sudden exit from parliament of Senate President Stephen Parry has turned into a toxic blame game, in a further sign of a government crumbling into chaos.
Stephen Parry has been confirmed as a British citizen.
Stephen Parry's departure is feeding into the current tensions between the Nationals and the Liberals.
Stephen Parry is the first Liberal MP to be caught in the dual citizenship debacle.
The government has been thrown into a fresh crisis, with Senate President Stephen Parry announcing he may be a British citizen.
Stephen Parry, a senator from Tasmania, is the first Liberal to be caught in the dual citizenship debacle.
Parry, a senator from Tasmania, is the first Liberal to be caught in the dual citizenship debacle.
Can decisions made by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce while he was invalidly in parliament be challenged?
Laws passed by MPs while under a citizenship cloud are unlikely to be contested; decisions made by ministers after doubts about their dual citizenship was announced are more complicated matters.
George Brandis said the government was looking very carefully at the question of the validity of the former ministers’ decisions.
The opposition says at least 20 executive decisions and 47 ministerial announcements made by Barnaby Joyce could be open to challenge.
Any appearance in the Queensland campaign by Malcolm Turnbull can be expected to be minimal.
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In more than an understatement, Malcolm Turnbull opened his news conference after the High Court’s swingeing blow to the government by saying this was “clearly not the outcome we were hoping for”. And…