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Sharkie's future in doubt after latest High Court ruling

Sharkie's future in doubt after latest High Court ruling

The latest twist in the saga brings to 14 the number of parliamentarians who have resigned or been ruled ineligible since mid-2017, when renewed scrutiny on a constitutional clause set politicians scrambling to prove they only had Australian citizenship.

Dual citizens are ineligible for election to federal parliament under Australia's 117-year-old constitution and the decision is likely to render three other lawmakers in similar predicaments ineligible as well.

Shorten told the media following the resignations that the by-elections will be "an early opportunity for Australia to pass their view on company tax cuts".

With Gallagher disqualified and now four more quitting their positions, there will be a total of five by-elections coming up.

Rebekha Sharkie, Josh Wilson, Susan Lamb and Justine Keay have also announced today they are quitting Parliament in the wake of the Gallagher ruling.

Three Labor MPs and one crossbencher have resigned from Parliament over dual citizenship, setting up a Saturday byelection bonanza with voters to go to the polls in four states. He called for the resignations of the Labor MPs by the end of the day.

Gallagher was aware of her British passport as her father was born in England, so the High Court ruled that she had not taken "all reasonable steps" to relinquish her British links.

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Attorney-General Christian Porter had demanded all four MPs resign after the High Court's ruling on Wednesday. "However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome".

"The decision is clear and doesn't change the law", Mr Porter said.

She added that Barnaby Joyce remained in the role of Deputy Prime Minister for some time as a known dual citizen who had taken no steps to renounce his New Zealand citizenship.

The UK Home Office did not register her renunciation until August, more than a month after the election.

Ms Sharkie, who is now with the Central Alliance, faces a strong challenge from the Liberal Party should her possible dual citizenship spark a by-election in the previous safe Liberal electorate once held by former foreign minister Alexander Downer.

The procedure to renounce British citizenship was simple and the requirements not onerous.


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