From this time forward... I pledge my loyalty to Australia': loyalty, citizenship and constitutional law in Australia

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Abstract

A major change in Australian citizenship law occurred on 4 April 2002. On that day, the governor-general of Australia assented to the passage of the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 2002 (Cth). Before that date, Australian citizens who took up a new citizenship (like Rupert Murdoch taking up US citizenship) automatically lost their Australian citizenship. Central to the former provision, and the 2002 changes, is a view of loyalty and allegiance to the nation-state. This chapter examines how those concepts of loyalty and allegiance are central to discussions on citizenship, and how they are reflected in Australian citizenship law. Moreover, it argues that the change on dual citizenship in Australia has constitutional ramifications; for example, section 44 of the Constitution prevents dual citizens from running for parliament. The chapter concludes with the proposal that the Constitution needs amendment to reflect modern notions of commitment over outdated notions of sole allegiance to one country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLoyalties
EditorsVictoria Mason
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAPI Network
Chapter2
Pages23-36
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781920845162
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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