Court to hear citizenship cases
FEDERAL politicians who “honestly swear” they were unaware of being dual citizens should not be disqualified from Parliament, the AttorneyGeneral has told the High Court.
The High Court will this week examine the eligibility of seven politicians, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and government senators Fiona Nash and Matt Canavan, who are caught in a constitutional tangle over dual citizenship.
Australians with dual citizenship are banned from entering federal Parliament under section 44 of the consti- tution. Attorney-General George Brandis has argued the oath of parliamentarians should be accepted if they were unaware there was a “considerable, serious or sizeable prospect” of being a foreign citizen.
The High Court will hold hearings from Tuesday.