Belief enough for Malcolm
ONE Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts said he should keep his job because he “believed” that he was not British when nominating for election, and it was irrelevant that at the time “he appreciated he might be wrong”.
In a submission to the High Court lodged yesterday, his legal team argued he had the strongest case of any of the seven federal MPs attempting to prove their eligibility in the dual-citizenship scandal because he had demonstrated he did not want to be a citizen of another country.
Senator Roberts, who was born in India to a Welsh father and did not become an Australian citizen until 1974, filed his submission to the High Court late after missing the Thursday deadline. The court heard last week that he sent emails last year to UK authorities attempting to renounce his citizenship with the subject “Am I still a British citizen?”, initially to defunct email addresses.
He eventually succeeded in sending the email, but only after he filled out his candidate’s nomination form.
His submission said his case was unique among the seven MPs before the court.
“Senator Roberts believed he was an Australian citizen and only an Australian citizen, but was aware there was a real and substantial prospect he might also be a British citizen,” it said.
“His subjective belief was that he was only Australian. He, however, alone sensibly appreciated the possibility he might be wrong.
“Senator Roberts’ case is stronger than those who profess ignorance and thus did nothing.”
There are seven sitting or former federal politicians facing the High Court over the citizenship scandal: Deputy Premier Barnaby Joyce and senators Roberts, Matt Canavan, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, as well as former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.
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