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The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years. Julian Smith/AAP

Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia

Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
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.

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