No, The Fact That Tony Abbott Was Born In The UK Doesn’t Mean He’s Ineligible To Hold Office
On Friday, Greens senator Scott Ludlam announced his immediate resignation, after it emerged that he has been a secret New Zealander this entire time.
Ludlam has not lived in New Zealand since he was three years old, and was apparently only made aware that he held dual citizenship this week. Nevertheless, the constitution clearly states that anyone who is “a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power” is ineligible to hold public office in Australia.
hey everyone. i’m sorry about this, but it’s a thing. i’ll really miss it, but there are other ways to make trouble. love and thanks. pic.twitter.com/1QsEgRIEnW
— Scott Ludlam (@SenatorLudlam) July 14, 2017
Of course, as a number of people on social media have pointed out, Ludlam is not the only Australian politician who was born in another country. As a matter of fact, one of the nation’s most beloved backbenchers is originally from London.
I think you know the one I mean.
Shortly after Ludlam announced his resignation, independent senator/notorious shit-stirrer Derryn Hinch sent out a tweet asking whether Tony Abbott had ever denounced his British citizenship.
The Ludlam dual citizenship resignation should re-ignite the Tony Abbott dual citizenship debate. When did he renounce Britain?
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) July 14, 2017
The idea that Abbott is an undercover pom has long been a favourite of Australian political conspiracy buffs. But now the ex-PM has seemingly shot down the theory once and for all, tweeting what appears to be an official document confirming that he has not been a British citizen since 1993, the year before he entered parliament.
FYI rumour mongers: I renounced my UK citizenship in 1993 and here’s the proof: pic.twitter.com/tHAeJeqo5T
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) July 14, 2017
Then again, not everyone was sold on the strength of the evidence.
OK, but has anyone checked the font on those records? https://t.co/FPju1872IA
— Me (@scott_thewspot) July 14, 2017
Nice try, but I read the document, and it’s actually for some bloke called Anthony. https://t.co/qqpQ3RHvbL
— Liam O’Donoghue (@PRPRTRTR) July 14, 2017
While others made it clear that you can fake just about anything with Photoshop these days.
Explain this then. pic.twitter.com/8tP3HSkN4V
— Matt Burke (@matttburke) July 14, 2017
— Michael Beveridge (@mickyb273) July 14, 2017
Tony Abbott Brittish Citizenship Renounciation 14 Jul – 2017 pic.twitter.com/kNo2CV6oMM
— Sir Clyde Of Nob (@nobby15) July 14, 2017
Honestly though, it’s mostly just disappointing to see Tony forgetting where he came from.
how dare he turn his back on the Queen
— timothy graham (@laevon) July 14, 2017
So much for being a staunch monarchist.