Cit­i­zen­ship saga avoided

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

La­bor MP for Brand Madeleine King has re­sponded to claims over whether she re­nounced for­eign cit­i­zen­ship be­fore nom­i­nat­ing for elec­tion.

Ms King told the Tele­graph she re­nounced her Bri­tish Cit­i­zen­ship in May 2016 — be­fore Fed­eral elec­tion nom­i­na­tions closed on June 9.

“It’s im­por­tant to me the com­mu­nity knows my sta­tus,” she said Ms King, who was born in Cal­ista, said her fa­ther was nat­u­ralised as an Aus­tralian long be­fore she was born.

“My fa­ther was a duel ci­ti­zen, so that made me one too,” she said.

“When peo­ple are talk­ing about par­lia­men­tar­i­ans giv­ing up their cit­i­zen­ships — of any other coun­try— it’s no small thing be­cause it’s a con­nec­tion to their fam­ily.”

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