Abo­rig­ine’s ‘Ir­ish’ fa­ther puts his MP sta­tus at risk

The Daily Telegraph - - World news -

Pa­trick Dod­son MP, one of Aus­tralia’s most prom­i­nent Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders, has be­come the lat­est politi­cian whose na­tion­al­ity has come un­der ques­tion.

In yet an­other bizarre twist in the coun­try’s dual ci­ti­zen­ship law which has so far forced six MPS out of par­lia­ment, Mr Dod­son, a La­bor MP from the Yawuru peo­ple in Western Aus­tralia, is un­der ques­tion be­cause John Dod­son, his fa­ther, is de­scribed in pro­files as Ir­ish-aus­tralian.

If he was born in Ire­land, the MP may be deemed in­el­i­gi­ble to serve. Mr Dod­son said in a state­ment his fa­ther was born in Aus­tralia and not Ire­land.

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