Nine new politicians facing High Court referral over dual citizenship concerns

Published: 06 December 2017


The citizenship crisis has engulfed another nine parliamentarians, following yesterday’s citizenship audit of all MPs.

The nine politicians are: The Coalition’s Julia Banks, Alex Hawke, Nola Marino, Jason Falinski; Labor’s David Feeney, Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb; and Rebekha Sharkie from the Nick Xenophon team.

Labor’s Tony Burke pushed a resolution in the Lower House to refer the nine MPs to the High Court, and said his attempted bilateral resolution would receive no support from the Prime Minister.

“A few moments ago the Prime Minister made it clear that there was no interest in having a joint approach to referrals in the High Court,” he said.

“The Labor Party will now be circulating in the chamber, and the crossbench have indicated their willingness to have an opportunity to vote on a esolution that would refer the following members to the High Court.”

Bill Shorten asked the Prime Minister in question time if the Coalition would support the resolution.

“The Australian people are sick of this constitutional crisis, the only way to resolve this citizenship crisis is with the cooperation of all sides of parliament,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the Australian people were instead sick of the “dishonesty, the twists and turns of the Opposition.”

“He has a number of members who we all know knew they were and were UK citizens at the time they nominated,” Mr Turnbull said.

“They’ve got people who are dual citizens, so they think if the House is going to refer them to the High Court, it should also refer some of ours who are not dual citizens.”

If the resolution is successful, the nine MPs would be referred to the High Court to determine their eligibility to sit in parliament.