Labor Senator Kristina Keneally has called on the Australian government to approve Wallabies star Quade Cooper’s citizenship application after he was rejected four times.
The 33-year-old has represented Australia 84 times in the rugby union, wearing the Wallabies jersey 70 times, but in the eyes of the federal government he has not done enough to gain citizenship – as the athlete has played multiple times since 2015. is rejected.
Cooper was born in New Zealand but moved across the ditch to Brisbane at the age of 13. After his arrival, he represented Australia with the Australian Schoolboys and the Under 20s.
Last week, Cooper publicly criticized the Australian government for denying his citizenship application.
Days later, he was recalled to the Wallabies-squad, which he joined on Sunday in the Australian camp in Queensland, and has a chance to play against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup next month.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally has called on the Australian government to approve Wallabies star Quade Cooper’s citizenship application after being rejected four times
Keneally said it was time Cooper called Australia home after living in the country for over two decades decennia
take to Twitter, he told of the “uncomfortable moment” when his citizenship application was rejected.
With the screenshot of his denial, Cooper wrote: “Awkward moment when @ausgov denies your application for citizenship (again). Apparently wearing the green and gold 70 times isn’t enough these days…’
A formal response from the Home Office stated that Cooper was not engaged in “activities of benefit to Australia” or “work that involves frequent travel abroad.”
Ms. Keneally has since spoken out and urged the government to review Cooper’s citizenship.
His citizenship application has been rejected four times by the Morrison government, despite the fact that he has proudly called Australia home for twenty years, and now rejoins the Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup series against the All Blacks in August. ,’ she said.
“I’ve reached out to Mr. Cooper to give all the help I can so he can finally, and officially, call Australia home.”
Speaking with the ABCs 7.30 last week the rugby union superstar revealed that the constant setbacks were “discouraging”.
Quade Cooper (pictured) represented the Wallabies in 70 tests – but his application for Australian citizenship was again rejected
Former rugby union star Quade Cooper (pictured left with ex-girlfriend) has called on the Australian government for denying his citizenship application
“You may call me naive, but if you’ve represented your country on the world stage… you don’t expect that when the time comes (citizenship) it won’t be too difficult a process,” he said.
“When you’re in the stadium, the (national) anthem goes and you look into the crowd and you see all the support… it’s hard not to feel Australian.”
Another obstacle for Cooper is the amount of time he has spent abroad, including the past two seasons in Japan.
A spokesperson for the Home Office confirmed that successful applicants must be based in Australia for the past four years.
A frustrated Cooper took to Twitter, outlining that his application was rejected after failing to participate in “activities of benefit to Australia” or “any work that requires frequent travel outside the country” – he played 70 Tests for the Wallabies of 2008-2017
A stunned Cooper also took up the bizarre response from the Department of the Interior in his tweet on Tuesday after submitting his form.
They must also not be absent from the country for more than ’12 months in total in the four-year period, including no more than 90 days in total in the 12-month period preceding the application’.
Rugby union star’s citizenship papers are not stamped because he chose hij to earn a living playing professional rugby abroad in the twilight of his career.
Cooper believes he has earned that right after giving his all to Australian rugby at the height of his career.
“I think it would be nice to call this (Australia) home,” he said.
“Every time I leave the country I come home here – here I come, here I have made a living for most of my career, here I have a home – the memories I have been able to create. This is home.’
Cooper represented the Wallabies in all parts of the world from 2008-2017, including two World Cup campaigns.
He was brutally dumped from the Aussie Olympic sevens team in 2016 for the Games in Brazil because he was not considered a citizen.
Cooper is currently on the books of Japanese outfit Kintetsu Liners.
He was recently called up to the Wallabies squad again to face the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener after a four-year hiatus from the team.
Cooper was also brutally dumped by the Aussie Olympic sevens team in 2016 for the Games in Brazil for not being considered a citizen