Dual cit­i­zens are ‘in it to­gether’

The Gympie Times - - NEWS NATION - PHOTO: AAP

THE dual cit­i­zen­ship cases of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce (pic­tured), Se­na­tor Nick Xenophon and Na­tion­als se­na­tors Matt Canavan and Fiona Nash were “ma­te­ri­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able”, So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral Stephen Don­aghue QC, rep­re­sent­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, told the High Court yes­ter­day. Sit­ting as the Court of Dis­puted Re­turns, the High Court will de­ter­mine whether seven MPs and se­na­tors breached the con­sti­tu­tion by hold­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship while they were par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. Mr Don­aghue said it was “vir­tu­ally in­evitable they will stand or fall to­gether”.

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