Opinion: Section 44 of the constitution does not mean that nobody is eligible to be elected to parliament August 18, 2017 Constitutional crisis: Lorraine Finlay calls for sense on interpreting Section 44. The investigations into the eligibility of elected politicians to serve as members of Parliament under Section 44 of the constitution has caused a great deal of upheaval. A recent reading of this law has suggested that every single parliamentarian could be affected. In an opinion piece for The Huffington Post, Murdoch University constitutional law expert Lorraine Finlay urges everyone to take a deep breath. “While section 44 is undoubtedly causing some sleepless nights for our Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, it does not mean that nobody is eligible to be elected to the Australian Parliament,” Ms Finlay said. “This more limited interpretation is consistent with the original intention of the section, which was to ensure that members of the Australian Parliament had an undivided loyalty to Australia and would not be subject to any improper influence from foreign governments. “The upcoming hearings provide an opportunity for the High Court to clarify the outer reaches of section 44. But, for all of the controversy surrounding this issue in recent weeks, it is already clear that section 44 is not so broad that it disqualifies everybody from the Australian Parliament. To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Schools, school of law Tags: constitutional law, huffington post, lorraine finlay, section 44 Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!