It shouldn’t be easy to forget that Australia is an island, yet modern communication and transport makes it so. The jetliner, the internet and 21st century freight logistics create the impression that we are not separated from the rest of the world by vast oceans.
Mr Turnbull and the Liberals have been spreading false rumours about me and my eligibility to represent the people of Fremantle.
At all times I have been eligible and qualified to represent the Fremantle electorate. I was one of the first members of parliament to release documentation showing the successful renunciation of my British citizenship. I have not served one day as anything other than an Australian citizen.
Afghanistan was not a place I expected to find myself in the course of 2014 – or ever, to be fair. One morning in early August I arrived at my office on Wray Avenue to read an email from a friend and former colleague, Peter Yates, asking if I would consider joining an international election observer (IEO) team involved in the audit and recount of the Afghan Presidential election.