Canavan says legal advice clears him
EMBATTLED Senator Matt Canavan revealed he considered resigning but says legal advice puts his eligibility in the clear, while a senior Minister called for “common sense” changes to the Constitution to be considered following the dual citizenship crisis.
But the Greens and One Nation have renewed calls for an official inquiry into the eligibility of all Members of Parliament.
Two Greens senators have resigned from the Senate, while Senator Canavan stepped down from Cabinet, after it was revealed this month they held dual citizenship, which makes them ineligible to stand for Parliament.
Senator Canavan is challenging the validity of his Italian citizenship because he was signed up by his mother as an adult without his knowledge.
He stood by his mum yesterday. “My mum acted in what she thought was my best interests and had no idea about the constitutional ramifications of any of this until the matters involving the two Greens senators were in the media,” he said.
He said he had legal advice that he was not in breach of the Constitution, but it would be up to the High Court to decide.
Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton talked up the possibility of a referendum to change the Constitution on dual citizenship.