Australia's Dual-Citizenship Contagion Claims 5 More Politicians

Australia's Dual-Citizenship Contagion Claims 5 More Politicians

Independent Australian lawmaker Rebekha Sharkie, second left, announces her resignation to reporters at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Fifteen of Australia's 226 MPs - most of whom were former British citizens - have now been forced out of parliament since it emerged less than a year ago that they were considered dual citizens when they were elected.

The full bench of the High Court unanimously agreed that Katy Gallagher was a citizen of a foreign power when she nominated for election to parliament in May 2016, and therefore incapable of being chosen.

The dual citizenship saga has destabilised Australian politics since July 2017, at times threatening Turnbull's majority in the House of Representatives.

The other politicians are expected be replaced in the same way, or through a by-election. He said the Labor MPs - all but one of whom were eventually able to renounce their other citizenships albeit after the deadline - had relied on legal advice in "good faith".

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

Turnbull could increase his majority if he wins any of the vacant lower house seats.

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Dates for the by-elections have not been set officially but could be as early as mid-June.

"To have my place in the Senate end like this today is very deeply disappointing, but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life", she said.

"I'm surprised by the result".

Adherence to the dual-citizenship rule, in a country where more than half the population of 24 million were either themselves, or have a parent, born overseas, came under the spotlight a year ago, with the High Court adopting a strict interpretation of the law.

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

Ms Keay had argued she took all the steps she could to renounce her British citizenship but she had accepted the High Court decision.

It is understood she applied for renunciation months before voters went to the polls and it took the British Home Office 118 days to complete the process.

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