Just Me has been asking to find out whatever I could about “US Persons” in Australia and New Zealand. I have to admit I don’t much about Australian or New Zealand politics but I knew enough to recognize the name Kristina Keneally (who in Canadian terms would be the Australian equivalent of Dalton McGuinty or Mike Harris). I literally though fell off my chair when I discovered that Keneally in fact was born the United States and renounced her US citizenship in 2000 upon becoming Australian (Australia banned dual nationality until April 4th 2002).
Soon after becoming an Australian citizen she ran for the state parliament and was elected eventually becoming a cabinet member and finally premier of the Australian state of New South Wales. I am going to edit this post in the future because just from initial research there some rather interesting fact about the case of Ms. Keneally that I think are quite relevant to what we are discussing. I will also note that given the date of her renounced she would have been subject to the post 1995 exit tax. Did she fill out form 8854?
I have to say I really liked the picture I posted, someone who renounces their US citizenship and flies around on private jets–what could be better? Note: the round windows. The plane she was flying on is a Gulfstream which is absolutely top of the line in terms of private jets. I am going to have more on Ms. Keneally a lot more like pictures of every meeting should had with a US politician or government official after she renounced as part of her official duties.