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Labor Senator Katy Gallagher faces High Court referral over dual citizenship

06 Décembre 2017

Labor Senator Katy Gallagher may face a referral to the High Court over her eligibility to sit in the parliament under the Constitution.

British and Australian lawyers say the former ACT chief minister took "every" reasonable step to renounce her citizenship before nominating, but did not receive confirmation until August past year - a month after nominations closed.

"While I do not agree with the need for this referral, I do not resent it".

But, she said, constant allegations against Senator Gallagher damaged the dignity and standing of the Senate.

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He said she'd done nothing wrong.

Gallagher did not seek to renounce until April 2016, and did not receive a response from the UK Home Office confirming she had renounced her citizenship to the UK until August 16, 2016 - over a month after the 2016 election.

It will put more pressure on Mr Shorten to four of his M.P.s in the Lower House referred to the High Court. Wong also said Labor may potentially refer Senator Arthur Sinodinos to the High Court once he returns to work from illness, over issues with his Greek dual citizenship.

Labor Senator Katy Gallagher faces High Court referral over dual citizenship