Quade Cooper to get Australian citizenship after winning performance for Wallabies
Posted On September 14, 2021
Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper is set to earn Australian citizenship after his winning performance for the Wallabies against the Springboks this weekend.
Cooper scored 23 of the Wallabies’ 28 points and shot a 40-yard penalty after the siren to seal a 28-26 victory over the world No.1 Springboks.
Cooper, who was born in New Zealand before moving to Australia at the age of 13, was denied four Australian citizenship applications, with the latest application being rejected in July because he failed to provide ” no evidence “that he had” engaged in beneficial activities “. in Australia.”
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However, Cooper’s performance against South Africa may have come at the right time according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Alex Hawke, the Minister of Immigration, is about to announce a slight change in policy that will allow individuals like Cooper to obtain Australian citizenship.
It is understood that Wallaby and Cooper’s former Reds teammate Will Genia is also in the same boat.
After a four-year absence from the test phase, Cooper was called back to the Wallabies starting squad on Sunday night, and he achieved one of his greatest moments on the international stage.
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Deputy Leader of the Labor Senate, Kristina Keneally, has re-launched calls for Cooper to be granted Australian citizenship.
“What an amazing performance,” Keneally told the Herald. “At the last moment of the game, with everything on the line and with the hardest kick, he took responsibility and did the job for his country and for his teammates.
“There is no more Australian value than standing up and looking after your friends. Quade Cooper’s passport has to match his jersey. He is an Australian hero and he should be an Australian citizen.”
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