Court to hear cit­i­zen­ship cases

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.

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