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Referendum ‘the only way’ to solve Australia’s citizenship crisis

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds says there is no easy fix for section 44, which is ‘profoundly undemocratic’

  • Paul Karp
  • The Guardian

The Liberal senator who has spearheaded a six-month inquiry into how to fix the mess created by section 44 of the constitution has warned there is no easy fix as the Turnbull government ponders administrative options to fix the problems.

Karp 2bLinda Reynolds, who chairs the joint standing committee on electoral matters, has told Guardian Australia there are “no easy options” to fix the disqualifications in the constitution – meaning that only a referendum can finally resolve the citizenship crisis.

The committee will soon report on options to reform what she called the “profoundly undemocratic” section 44 of the…

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