Five Australian politicians resign in latest citizenship scandal

May 10, 2018, 11:13
Five Australian politicians resign in latest citizenship scandal

Five Australian lawmakers were forced from Parliament on Wednesday in an ongoing legal wrangle over a 117-year-old constitutional ban on dual citizens standing for election.

On Wednesday the high court ruled that the Labor senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible because she had failed to renounce her British citizenship by the nomination deadline before the 2016 election.

Four other politicians who were under scrutiny resigned after the verdict.

While the MPs can recontest their seats to re-enter parliament within two months - as several other MPs have done - Gallagher will be replaced by her Senate running-mate, forcing her to wait until the next election to re-enter parliament.

The court had ruled in October that a dual national could be elected to Parliament only if a foreign law created an insurmountable obstacle to renouncing that second citizenship, Porter said.

At the height of the saga a year ago, Mr Shorten repeatedly said no Labor MP would be caught up in the mess.

Labor leader Bill Shorten will outline his economic policy counter-attack in the Budget reply speech on Thursday evening, where he is expected to argue for increased TAFE and hospitals funding while attacking the Turnbull government's corporate tax cuts.

Gallagher and lower house MPs Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb are members of the opposition Labor party. "But the High Court has looked at the facts in Senator Gallagher's matter, they have developed a new test, a stricter test, and we have accepted that".

"I'm surprised by the result".

It has prompted the departure of 15 lawmakers and past year briefly left Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition clinging to a minority government.

Gallagher had referred herself to the court in 2017 after questions emerged over whether she had renounced her British citizenship in time to run for office.

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 past year.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • 71st Cannes Film Festival opens with drama on screen and off

    71st Cannes Film Festival opens with drama on screen and off

    Cannes blocked Netflix from attending, by mandating that all films in competition must have theatrical distribution in France. Amidst the less starry line-up at the festival, the new " Star Wars " spin-off, " Solo " is the only Hollywood blockbuster.
    Khloe Kardashian Pops Up At Cavaliers Game To Support Tristan Thompson

    Khloe Kardashian Pops Up At Cavaliers Game To Support Tristan Thompson

    The earth briefly trembled with sadness when the news spread that Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian . On Friday, the pair was photographed having lunch with friends at TownHall restaurant in Cleveland .
    Spiders' men's, women's lacrosse teams head to NCAA Tournament

    Spiders' men's, women's lacrosse teams head to NCAA Tournament

    Our players are grateful for this opportunity and excited to play at home in front of their families and fans". Virginia finished the season ranked No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse poll and No. 11 in the USILA poll.
  • Man Utd thanks well-wishers over showing support for Ferguson

    Man Utd thanks well-wishers over showing support for Ferguson

    They bought Saha; I remember a lot of the boys telling me when I'd go away with England , "I thought you were actually coming". However, doctors expressed cautious optimism and recognize that the healing process 76-year-old Ferguson will be long.
    Here is the launch trailer for Destiny 2's Warmind expansion

    Here is the launch trailer for Destiny 2's Warmind expansion

    If you're unfamiliar with the game, which is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, you can check out our review . It's a space installation with exotic architecture, sprawling vines, and hulking brassy statues.
    The first Players Championship pairing reveal is juicy

    The first Players Championship pairing reveal is juicy

    "Out there I was so uncomfortable", said Day after birdieing two of the three holes on the Green Mile to win by two strokes. Vogel for best in the field and gave him his eighth top-five at the Wells Fargo.
  • Trump PAC Urges Support For CIA Pick

    Trump PAC Urges Support For CIA Pick

    Senate Democrats have charged that they were "disturbed" by the classified information they were reading about Haspel. Haspel is beloved by the CIA's rank and file because she is one of them.
    UFC, ESPN announce extensive partnership

    UFC, ESPN announce extensive partnership

    UFC Fight Pass will still offer live streaming UFC events and live shows from other promotions on their streaming service. As for the ESPN deal, it will see 15 UFC Fight Night events air exclusively on ESPN+, the network's streaming service.
    Sarah Sanders TORCHES John Kerry for 'Shadow Diplomacy — KERRY UNDER FIRE

    Sarah Sanders TORCHES John Kerry for 'Shadow Diplomacy — KERRY UNDER FIRE

    The two have butted heads pretty much since Sanders took over the post, ... "I'm not sure why we would start listening to him now", she added.
  • Saints lose Ingram for 4 games due to PEDs

    Saints lose Ingram for 4 games due to PEDs

    But with Ingram out for the first four games, the depth chart at the position all of a sudden has become much more important. The 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year, he carried the ball 120 times for 728 yards and 8 touchdowns.
    Raptors again knocked out of playoffs by LeBron James, Cavaliers

    Raptors again knocked out of playoffs by LeBron James, Cavaliers

    In four games against the Raptors, LeBron averaged 34 points, 8.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists on 55 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers now find themselves just four wins away from punching their ticket to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
    Rivers APC Congratulates Newly Elected Ward Executives

    Rivers APC Congratulates Newly Elected Ward Executives

    He said that by Monday (today), they will publish the unofficial results pending the ratification by the NWC of the party. We call on the national leadership of the party to intervene to save the party's internal democracy.
popular