Conservatives' citizenship audit call gathers steam

November 06, 2017

Senator Cory Bernardi's push for a citizenship audit is gathering steam, with weekend media picking up the growing number of MPs backing the proposal.

Karen Middleton writing for The Saturday Paper reported that ex-Liberal crossbench senator Cory Bernardi, who formed the Australian Conservatives, wants parliamentarians to be made to sign new declarations in the wake of the court ruling. “Get them to sign a statutory declaration and then if they’re found to have falsified that stat dec, they actually face a term of imprisonment or a significant fine,” Bernardi told Sky News, “Put the weights on them because I reckon there’s more, still more.”

James Massola, writing in the Fairfax newspapers including the Canberra Times, wrote "The deepening (citizenship) crisis has already prompted calls from the Coalition and Labor backbench for an audit of all MPs; this idea has also been advocated by Greens leader Richard Di Natale, and crossbench senators Cory Bernardi and Derryn Hinch."

Late on Friday, The Australian newspaper reported online that Labor had 'backflipped' on its opposition to a citizenship audit.

Mr Massola also claimed on Sunday that the major parties are now re-running their audit processes.

The Guardian online reports this morning that Coalition backbenchers and former Ministers Abetz and Andrews, and fellow backbencher Craig Kelly, are openly supporting an audit.

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