Dual-citizenship crisis ensnares more Australian politicians

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong hugs Liberal Senator Dean Smith after the vote for the same-sex marriage bill in the Senate chamber

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong hugs Liberal Senator Dean Smith after the vote for the same-sex marriage bill in the Senate chamber

Coalition MP Ann Sudmalis provided legal advice that as she had been born to a British mother, she was not eligible for automatic British citizenship - unlike those born to British father such as former Bennelong MP John Alexander.

Two MPs with Polish heritage - Labor's Emma Husar and Liberal Jason Falinski - have requested their entitlement to Polish citizenship be renounced, but have not provided any response from Polish authorities confirming this had occurred.

Rapidly turning red in the face, the National's leader continued: "He has shown he will turn his back on the Australian people and he will turn his back on proper process".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could again lose his outright majority if a government candidate does not win another by-election on 16 December.

"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".

Ms Lamb also released legal advice which stated she had taken all necessary steps to renounce her citizenship when she sent her form on May 25.

"Based on all the advice I have available to me, I do not believe that I should refer myself to the Court of Disputed Returns", Senator Gallagher said.

Ms Gallagher, a Senator for the A.CT., asked to be referred to the High Court when the Senate sat this morning.

Tasmanian Labor MP Justine Keay confirmed her renunciation of citizenship had not been registered with the Home Office until a month after nominations closed for the 2016 election, potentially ruling her ineligible to sit in the current Parliament. Mr Dreyfus also wrongly claimed the opposition leader had never guaranteed no Labor MPs would be caught up in the citizenship saga.

"I have previously stated that I do not think there is a basis to refer my eligibility to the High Court for determination". The crisis has threatened Mr Turnbull's government.

Paperwork reveals the ACT senator was still a British citizen when she nominated in the lead-up to the last election.

Attorney-General George Brandis told parliament the government did not reflect on the integrity of Senator Gallagher.

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong said Senator Gallagher could not have done any more to renounce her British citizenship.

Australia's constitution expressly bans parliamentarians from being "a subject or citizen of a foreign power".

"But it is now clear that the attacks on her will not stop, that these attacks are undermining the dignity and standing of this parliament, and the only way to bring an end to the attacks and restore the standing and dignity of this Senate is to have the High Court settle this once and for all".

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