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Mac Dude

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In Topic: Blade Runner 2049

10 October 2017 - 06:46 PM

or, maybe i read everything just fine, and youre reacting because you feel my critique insults your intelligence.


Not sure why you think that. You're wrong but entitled to your opinion of course.

As for there being nothing in the movie, while I take reviews with a grain of salt there are many that disagree with you.

While I believe enjoyment of a movie is very much a taste thing where everybody is equally entitled to enjoy a movie, or not, I think there is enough evidence to support my PoV on the substance.

In Topic: how crap is this government ?

09 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

Dual citizen politicians who "honestly swear" they didn't know they held foreign citizenship should not be ruled ineligible to sit in Parliament, Attorney-General George Brandis has told the High Court.
 
Gee! I wish I could use this excuse when I get in trouble!


Given that the term 'dual citizen' is not mentioned in the law he could be right ;)

In Topic: how crap is this government ?

09 October 2017 - 11:35 AM

Um... when a pollie is elected to Fed Gov. they sign stuff ... yes . This is a different century but that's all, we still be made up of people from other countries.
We were and still are a multi-cultural country. I don't know why that needed clarifying :\


Because when the law was written we were in no way as multi-cultural as we are now and Australian citizenship didn't exist. Most of the 'imported' population would have been British citizens at the time the law was written.

Anyway, as Antony Green said, the constitutional issues involved are not entirely clear.

 

I also think that in the none of the pollies in question are 'working for a foreign power', which is what the law was trying to prevent.

 

Would their dual citizenship have had an impact on their election if it were public knowledge prior to the election?  I doubt it.

 

Anyway, we will soon get to see what the High Court decides and why...


In Topic: how crap is this government ?

09 October 2017 - 11:06 AM

When I read down the various positions in the link, the most prominent recurring thought is ... " if you sign a contract without doing due diligence you must still abide by the law.
The excuse of  " not knowing " is not a credible excuse." It's really that simple.


I don't think it is that simple.

For a start, only one of the politicians(Roberts) in doubt signed anything stating that they were a citizen of another country so the 'if you sign a contract' argument doesn't stack up.

'Ignorance is no excuse', is a legal principle that is relevant and will be taken into consideration by the High Court.

I think it's important to look at the intent of the law. When this law was written it was in a very different time. In fact at the time Australian citizenship didn't exist. Some of the politicians in question, if they had been challenged at the time the law was written, would have been ok because being a British citizen would not have breached the law. This is a case where a change in one aspect of the law, the creation of Australian citizenship, has an unforseen knock on effect.

So we need to ask the question, in today's multicultural Australia does it make sense to disqualify people from being politicians not because they deliberately signed up to become citizens of another country, but because that other country changed their laws to include them as citizens?

We shall see.

In Topic: Blade Runner 2049

09 October 2017 - 07:23 AM

the pressure is on!