Dual-Citizenship and the Right to Hold Office in Australia

Dual-Citizenship and the Right to Hold Office in Australia

By: Sarah Faris.

There is an old provision in the Australian constitution that prevents any dual citizens from holding office.  In 2017, this provision was revisited and confirmed, causing the deputy prime minister to abdicate has the position because of a New Zealander father.  It seems that moving forward, it could be in Australia’s best interest to revisit this provision. 

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Censorship in China: The Government Wants the Best of Both Worlds

Censorship in China: The Government Wants the Best of Both Worlds

By: Sarah Payne Faris.

Famous for its Internet censorship, the government touts it’s respect for constitutional provisions of speech.  Although the government appears to perceive the Internet as a fount of wisdom, it attempts to shield citizens from using it to its full potential.  The nation’s recent crackdown on social media site Weibo appears to illustrate what appears to be contradictory, but is supported by the country’s Constitution. 

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