You're not entirely comfortable with the Australian government introducing legislation to fast-track citizenship for potential Australian sportsmen and women who "would be of benefit to Australia." No, neither am I. We have mocked England for years for filling their cricket team with foreigners, for pinching all our coaches, and for competing in the Olympics as four countries in one, now we are legislating to do the same.
Without mentioning Fawad Ahmed by name, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has introduced to federal parliament a bill that paves the way for the Pakistan-born leg-spinner to become an Australian citizen before the Ashes.
Under proposed amendments to citizenship laws, the minister would have discretionary powers to fast-track the claims of people whose work benefits Australia, and who cannot meet the normal residency requirements, which dictate they must have been in the country for at least four years.