Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Nine new politicians facing High Court referral over dual citizenship concerns

Nine new politicians facing High Court referral over dual citizenship concerns

Labor says it has the numbers in parliament to refer nine MPs, including four of its own, to the High Court to test their eligibility.

Gallagher, a former ACT Chief Minister, did not receive confirmation of her United Kingdom citizenship renunciation until two months after nominations closed for the 2016 federal election - 118 days after she lodged the application. That was despite a 9.5 per cent swing to the Greens.

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There were dramatic scenes in the House of Representatives on Wednesday as nine MPs, Feeney included, faced being sent to the High Court over citizenship issues. He had been informed they did not keep records for such a long period.

Ms Lamb, whose father was born in Scotland, filled out her renunciation form on May 24 and the Home Office processed payment on June 6, three days before the close of nominations.

"... In conclusion, while I do not agree with the need for this referral, I do not resent it". Nevertheless, I accept that at this moment my status as a citizen in United Kingdom law remains unclear.

Feeney caused Labor embarrassment before the last election when it was revealed he failed to declare a house he owned worth more than A$2 million.

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"You can't tell me Bill Shorten only found out tonight that was the case", Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told Sky News.

Feeney recently deleted a tweet in which he had said: "Noticed how the Turnbull govt has strangely stopped mocking the Greens Party for incompetence and sloppiness?"

They are Tasmanian Labor MP Justine Keay, Longman MP Susan Lamb and Fremantle MP Josh Wilson.

The Nick Xenophon Team's Rebekha Sharkie did not receive her confirmation of renunciation in time.

He joins three other Labor MPs and two Liberal MPs with questions over documents, despite Malcolm Turnbull giving his MPs weeks to get their paperwork in order.

"We've seen a continuing cover-up out of a system that was meant to provide disclosure of all the MPs so that we could have this citizenship debacle covered up", he said.

Jason Falinski, who said he made inquiries from the Polish consulate and had legal advice but had not provided it.

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"Every Australian wants this to stop", he said. "I stand by that position", she said.

Julia Banks, Alex Hawke, Michael McCormack and Arthur Sinodinos, who all had "an unconvincing letter" from the Greek embassy and "refuse to provide legal advice".

She said that while she remained convinced of her legitimacy to sit in the Senate, continued hostile Government threats to refer her to the High Court had forced her hand.

Mr Falinski caved in to pressure today to produce his legal advice regarding after not including the document in his official statement on Tuesday. He accused Dreyfus of playing "base politics to obscure the truth".

The Opposition attempted on Wednesday to have the House of Representatives refer nine MPs - including Senator Gallagher, three Labor, four Liberal and one cross-bencher - to the High Court to settle the matter once and for all but the vote tied at 73-all, with the Speaker's casting vote going with the Government. She said she was standing aside from her portfolio responsibilities within the shadow cabinet and her role as manager of opposition business in the Senate until her case was resolved.

"It is, however, clear to me that the government has decided that I should be referred, despite having full access to all of my legal advice and expert reports for the past two days", Senator Gallagher said. Read the original article.

If documents can not be found it may trigger a by-election in the Melbourne seat of Batman which was nearly won by the Greens in the last federal election.

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