Citizenship: Hinch next
Derryn Hinch faces a High Court fight to save his political career after the self-styled “human headline” admitted links to the US that could disqualify him from the Senate.
Senator Hinch last night acknowledged he had become the latest member of Federal Parliament caught up in the citizenship scandal.
The Victorian senator has renounced New Zealand citizenship but he still holds a social security card from when he lived in New York.
“I plan to raise the issue with the Solicitor-General and, if necessary, will refer myself to the High Court, acting as the Court of Disputed Returns,” he said.
Section 44(i) of the Constitution disqualifies those “entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power” from being a member of Parliament.
Leading constitutional law expert Professor Anne Twomey said any MP holding a US social security card might be in breach of that section.
Senator Hinch said his view was that he had not accepted the “rights and privileges of a foreign power”.
“I did write to the US Social Security Department instructing them not to pay that pension because I was now a senator,” he said.