We’re in the final stretches of busting dual citizens in the federal parliament and one thing is for certain – it’s not looking pretty.
Following the publication of the citizenship register, up to 20 MP’s fall into the following categories:
– Some MP’s indicated they had renounced, but the date was after the close on nominations for the 2016 election.
– Some MP’s believed they renounced, but could not find the relevant papers.
– Some MP’s indicated they had connections to another country, but did not provide any documentation that confirmed or denied potential citizenship.
The next step will be for the parliament to refer the MP’s with questionable circumstances to the High Court, who will decide if they need to be booted.
The High Court would likely rule on all the cases in March, meaning that we could be heading to a ‘Super Saturday’ of by-elections in April.
This should be all over by May 2018. We promise.