Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Aussie' Forced to Apply for Passport Bureaucracy Gone Mad over Passport

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Aussie' Forced to Apply for Passport Bureaucracy Gone Mad over Passport

Article excerpt

IAN Coghlan is as Aussie as they come, but not in the eyes of the Federal Government.

The 52-year-old Buderim gardener has been told he has to apply for Australian citizenship after being denied an Australian passport.

Mr Coghlan, who has lived on the Sunshine Coast since 1972, was born in Papua New Guinea when his parents were working there for the Federal Government.

His citizenship has never been called into question until he went to apply for a passport last week.

"My parents would be rolling in their graves if they knew this was happening. It's bureaucracy gone mad," Mr Coghlan said.

"My grandfather died fighting for Australia in World War I and my father fought for Australia in World War II.

"Both my parents were Australian citizens, as were my grandparents.

"To say I'm flabbergasted by this is an understatement."

MR Coghlan has held passports previously. His last passport expired in the 1980s.

He has applied for a new one so he can join friends on a surfing trip to New Zealand in January. …

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