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Labor senator Katy Gallagher was United Kingdom dual citizen at last election

Labor senator Katy Gallagher was United Kingdom dual citizen at last election

According to paperwork she lodged under new parliamentary rules for citizenship disclosure, Senator Gallagher completed a British citizenship renunciation form, with payment, on April 20, 2016.

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.

Labor MP David Feeney, a close ally of Opposition leader Bill Shorten, is also set to go before the High Court after he flagged that evidence could not be found that he renounced his British citizenship.

Senator Gallagher's declaration, lodged under new parliamentary rules for citizenship disclosure, also reveals she sat in the Senate as a dual citizen for nearly 18 months after filling a casual vacancy in 2015.

Liberal MPs Ross Vasta and Nola Marino say they have been told they are not dual Italian citizens, but are also unable to provide paperwork proving their claims.

This follows confirmation on Monday by ALP senator Katy Gallagher that she was still a British citizen when she nominated for last year's election, although she had taken steps to renounce.

If documents can not be found it may trigger a by-election in the Melbourne seat of Batman which was nearly won by the Greens in the last federal election.

They are Tasmanian Labor MP Justine Keay, Longman MP Susan Lamb and Fremantle MP Josh Wilson.

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He said the Government would refer the MPs if Labor refused to do so.

He revealed Labor was even prepared to refer to court Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, whose parents arrived in Australia stateless after escaping the Nazis.

The embattled Prime Minister has a strong likelihood of picking up three seats out of a potential Super Saturday of by-elections early next year, given Ms Sharkie is also likely to be referred.

Mr Hawke and Ms Banks received advice that they had to be registered with the Greek municipal government in order to be considered a citizen despite being eligible.

Opposition Leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, immediately moved a motion to accommodate the referral.

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

"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.

"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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