SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
LABOR EXTENDS HELP TO QUADE COOPER
Labor calls on the Morrison Government to review its decision to refuse Quade Cooper’s application for Australian citizenship.
The 33-year-old Wallaby has represented Australia in Rugby Union since 2005, appearing for the Australian Schoolboys, Under 20s and Wallabies teams for a combined 84 appearances.
Mr Cooper represented Australia at two Rugby World Cups and played a pivotal role in our 2011 Tri-Nations Championship victory.
He also featured prominently in the Queensland Reds’ first Super Rugby Championship of the professional era, starring in an 18-10 victory over New Zealand’s premier rugby club – the Crusaders – in the same year.
His citizenship application has been rejected on four occasions by the Morrison Government, despite the fact that he has proudly called Australia home for two decades, and will now re-join the Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup series against the All Blacks in August.
I have reached out to Mr Cooper to offer whatever help I can so that he can finally, and officially, call Australia home.
MONDAY 26 JULY, 2021