Posts made by NTA
RE: Aussie Politics
Is that really all it takes to get Italian citizenship? Surely as an adult he would have to sign something himself. How on earth could his mother apply for Italian citizenship on his behalf without some kind of authorisation from him?
Seems very fishy.
Bloke I know - similar situation where he had Italian heritage and parents made him become a dual citizen - said he had to front at the consulate with photo ID, signed forms etc
RE: Aussie Politics
Well, its just getting ridiculous now:
Resources Minister Matt Canavan has quit Cabinet after his mother told him he was an Italian citizen last week.
The conservative Queensland senator was the minister for resources and northern Australia and is considered a rising star of the National Party.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take over Senator Canavan's Cabinet responsibilities while his eligibility is determined by the High Court.
It comes just weeks after two Greens senators, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, resigned from Federal Parliament due to their own dual citizenship.
When Mr Ludlam resigned, claiming he had no idea he was a New Zealand citizen, the Prime Minister described it as a "remarkable oversight".
The constitution disqualifies potential candidates from election if they hold dual or plural citizenship.
Senator Canavan, who was elected in 2013, told reporters in Brisbane that he was not born in Italy and had never visited the country.
His mother, who has never visited Italy either and was born in Australia, registered herself and her son for overseas citizenship at the Italian consulate in Brisbane in 2006.
"According to the Italian Government, I am a citizen of Italy," Senator Canavan said.
Senator Canavan, a former chief of staff to Mr Joyce, said he did not sign the Italian citizenship papers himself.
"I had no knowledge that I had become an Italian citizen, nor had I requested to become an Italian citizen," he said.
"Following the resignation of [former] senators Ludlam and Waters last week, my mother raised with me the possibility that I was, in fact, an Italian citizen on Tuesday evening."
Who is Matt Canavan?
A young, conservative minister seen as a rising star of the National party and a close ally of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
The 36-year-old Queensland senator was elected in 2013 and promoted to cabinet after the 2016 election.
He's been a tireless advocate for the proposed Adani coal mine.
He's a former executive at KPMG, an economist at the Productive Commission and a chief of staff to Mr Joyce.
Earlier this year he criticised Westpac bank's decision to refuse finance for mining projects in the Galilee basin, where the Adani mine would be based.
Senator Canavan has repeatedly called on states to end state bans on gas exploration and extraction, accusing them of undermining energy security.
NTA's note: he's also the silly prick who said this:
RE: Tech Questions
@Nepia if you can, have a look at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet - I have the cheap one (< $300 oz) and it does the job for Netflix etc.
The "Plus version" is a 50% price hike but pretty well spec'd
(On a side note: if anyone is after a value-for-money Android phone the new Nokia 6 Black is AUD$399 and carries some impressive specs).