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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:20 PM

Can Assange Really Become an Australian Senator?

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

... Anne Twomey, a professor of constitutional law from the University of Sydney Law School, explained that the Electoral Act identifies two types of people as eligible: an Australian resident, and an "overseas elector." The provision that regulates overseas electors is "long and complicated," Twomey wrote in an email to Mashable. "The gist of it, however, is that if you leave Australia and intend to return to reside there within 6 years, then you can enroll to vote as an eligible overseas voter."

According to <Graeme> Orr <at the University of Queensland>, Assange is not currently a registered voter, and hasn't been registered for some time. Australian Law, states that only a citizen who has been living abroad for less than three years can be eligible to register as an overseas voter. Assange would need to prove that he returned to Australia in the last three years, and thus resided there however briefly, to qualify ...

... The Constitution also forbids a person who "is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power."

Since Assange has been granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government, "there's a strong argument that having asylum in another country is an acknowledgement of allegiance to the other country because you're receiving diplomatic protection, Orr said in a telephone interview ...


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Chan790 Dec 2012 #1

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:29 PM

1. Reading that, my impression is the answer is "No"


Not unless he wants to leave the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy.

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