Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

More MPs Face Dual Citizenship Questions

More MPs Face Dual Citizenship Questions

All had questions raised about their eligibility to sit in parliament due to concerns they might have been dual citizens at the time of nomination for the 2016 election, and therefore ineligible to sit in parliament under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution.

While "to the best of my memory from a decade ago", he had sent the paperwork to both the UK and Ireland, and could confirm he was not an Irish citizen, "I accept that I have been unable to produce the requisite notice of renunciation with the respect to the United Kingdom", he said.

"You've got to assume that Bill Shorten has known for some time that David Feeney had this problem and really it just completely exposes his dishonesty and his hypocrisy when it comes to this issue", Cormann said on Sky.

An Australian court will decide the fate of two more politicians caught up in a dual citizenship row that has already unseated nine lawmakers.

A Labor frontbencher faces referral to the High Court as the citizenship crisis threatens to engulf a new wave of MPs whose renunciation was not confirmed until after last year's election.

She said she'd taken all reasonable steps to renounce her British citizenship.

According to paperwork she lodged under new parliamentary rules for citizenship disclosure, Senator Gallagher completed a British citizenship renunciation form, with payment, on April 20, 2016.

"I have previously stated that I do not think there is a basis to refer my eligibility to the High Court for determination".

She told parliament on Wednesday she stood by her advice that she was eligible for parliament as she had take all steps required to renounce her British ties.

Labor argues that seven government lawmakers filed "unconvincing" or "incomplete" disclosures, while the government raised doubts over four opposition MPs, and there is a cloud over another independent lawmaker.

Senator Gallagher, whose father was born in the United Kingdom in 1939, did not receive the formal renunciation document until August 16, just over two months past the nomination date for the election.

Mr Falinksi told Fairfax Media: "My father was never Polish. I'm literally not hiding anything".

'I have further sought legal advice ... to confirm my citizenship status exclusively as an Australian citizen, ' he wrote, despite marking a box declaring he had never been a citizen of any country other than Australia.

It will strengthen Mr Turnbull's precarious position in the lower house, where he holds a one-seat majority only if Liberal MP John Alexander is re-elected at the Bennelong by-election on December 16. She has not provided conclusive documentation despite claiming her husband lost his Italian citizenship when he naturalised as an Australian in 1958. Referrals will be made before parliament rises later this week.

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