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Former tennis star John Alexander, pictured here with Malcolm Turnbull, is expected to resign on the weekend. AAP/Paul Miller

Liberal John Alexander likely to quit imminently

John Alexander is expected to resign over the weekend, becoming the latest MP to be claimed by the dual citizenship crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull stressed this would not be an audit – for which there have been widespread calls. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull proposes all MPs make declarations on citizenship

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Shorten urges MPs all disclose citizenship to parliament

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.
Can decisions made by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce while he was invalidly in parliament be challenged? AAP/Mick Tsikas

Three reasons why the decisions of Joyce and Nash may be difficult to challenge

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.
Any appearance in the Queensland campaign by Malcolm Turnbull can be expected to be minimal. Joel Carrett/AAP

Federal Coalition will be watching the Queensland election anxiously

People distinguish between levels of government when casting their votes. Nevertheless, a state result can reverberate federally, whether it is sending a protest or for other reasons. We only have to remember…
For all offences in the higher courts, the proportion of Victorians sent to prison is actually higher than the national average. AAP/Paul Miller

Is Victoria’s sentencing regime really more lenient?

An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.

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