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Nash latest MP caught up in dual-citizenship saga

17 Août 2017

Deputy National Party Leader Fiona Nash has announced to the Australian Senate she believes she is a dual citizen.

Nash told the Senate that after Joyce's statement on his dual New Zealand citizenship, she sought advice from the UK Home Office.

Like the dual nationality case of Barnaby Joyce, Senator Nash's case will be referred to the High Court. I had very little contact with my father throughout his life and he died nine years ago.

In her address, Nash confirmed she sought advice of the United Kingdom home office on Monday in regards to her United Kingdom citizenship status and was made aware that she may be a British citizen by descent through her Scottish-born father.

The New South Wales senator based in rural Young said based on the advice of the solicitor-general, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had advised there is no need for her to step down as deputy Nationals leader or resign from cabinet. When parliament resumes she will move a motion to refer herself to the High Court.

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"Growing up my parents always told me that I was not a dual citizen".

"On the basis of the Solicitor General's advice, the Prime Minister has indicated to me he sees no reason for me to stand aside from my portfolio responsibilities", Senator Nash said.

Joyce subsequently renounced his New Zealand citizenship, but section 44 of the Constitution bars people with citizenship in a country other than Australia from standing for election, which potentially puts all three Coalition politicians in breach.

The NSW Senator, born in Sydney, but now living out near Young, revealed that she is a British citizen by descent from her Scottish father - a fact that would make her ineligible for election to the Australian parliament under the nefarious section 44 of the Constitution.

Former Turnbull government minister Matt Canavan stepped down from Cabinet after discovering that his mother registered the 36-year-old Australian-born Queensland senator as an Italian citizen a decade ago, but did not tell him.

Nash latest MP caught up in dual-citizenship saga