The AEC, requires every political candidate to attest they comply with all 5 parts of s44 that are listed below. Many of the people that are in breach have effectively defrauded the Commonwealth if they have entered parliament when ineligible.
Both myself & Tony Magrathea have often pondered why so many politicians have failed to respond to letters & emails regarding the Tony Abbott alleged breach. Looking at this law closely there are many MPs past & present that have been or may be in breach of sections of this law. I believe this has been the catalyst for the inaction on Abbott.
Many MPs have complicated investments. How many have investments in companies that have Commonwealth contracts? This also applies to their partners S44(v). Many MPs also use an allowances to negatively gear a Canberra property this may breach s44(iv)
I'm not bagging Derryn for raising the issue. He has done so in the past while in media. I just ask that if he does this in the Senate it is addressed properly, once & for all. We need a complete audit of this law for all MPs & Senators. Laws cannot be applied selectively. The principles of s44 of the constitution are based on ensuring integrity & probity of candidates in parliament.
Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular: