More Aussie MPs hit by dual citizenship law

More Aussie MPs hit by dual citizenship law

More Aussie MPs hit by dual citizenship law

Several Australian lawmakers have been forced from office since the High Court upheld the constitutional ban on dual nationals sitting in Parliament in a ruling last October.

Shorten told the media following the resignations that the by-elections will be "an early opportunity for Australia to pass their view on company tax cuts".

The fate of the Labor MPs' coupled with the resignation of Perth's Labor MP Tim Hammond will see five by-elections take place, a very costly exercise.

Labor MPs Justine Keay, Josh Wilson, and Susan Lamb, plus independent MP Rebekha Sharkie have resigned from the House of Representatives in relation to dual citizenship violations stemming from Section 44 of the Constitution.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek to AM this morning that Labor's guarantee previous year was correct at the time; but the High Court has created a newer, stricter precedent with the Gallagher case.

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"Based on the recent High Court judgement, I will now take urgent legal advice", Sharkie said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

He said the three Labor MPs had acted in good faith and was confident they would be eligible to contest the upcoming byelections.

Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been ruled ineligible to sit in parliament by the High Court on Wednesday.

It was not enough for Gallagher to merely have taken steps to renounce her foreign citizenship, or foreign laws simply posing an obstacle.

"The decision is clear and doesn't change the law", Mr Porter said.

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The decision could have serious ramifications on another four dual-citizen MPs who were relying on the same defence as Gallagher.

Porter said for Shorten to claim it was a reinterpretation was "talking absolute rubbish".

Ms Sharkie, from the Centre Alliance Party - formerly the Nick Xenophon team - won the seat of Mayo from Liberal Jamie Briggs in 2016. He said the court had set a new precedent and he would "now consider what further implications today's decision by the High Court may have".

However, she did not get confirmation from the British Home Office that her renunciation had been processed until after she was elected, according to documents she disclosed to Parliament a year ago.

The procedure to renounce British citizenship was simple and the requirements not onerous.

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