Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters yesterday became the second member of her party to resign from politics within a week, because like Western Australia’s Scott Ludlam, she was a dual citizen, in breach of the Australian Constitution.
Since the shock departures of the two senators, politicians have come out firing on Twitter to prove that they comply with the laws of eligibility to become an Australian parliamentarian.
A One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts, who was born in India in 1955, yesterday offered proof he’s not an Indian citizen.
STATEMENT ON CITIZENSHIP
I am a citizen only of Australia and therefore eligible to hold the position as Senator in Australian parliament pic.twitter.com/yjlCOf0gBK
— Sen. Malcolm Roberts (@SenatorMRoberts) July 18, 2017
Although he followed it up with a racist tweet about Indians.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott, who was born in England and renounced his citizenship 1993, went as far as to provide the documentation to prove his eligibility.
FYI rumour mongers: I renounced my UK citizenship in 1993 and here's the proof: pic.twitter.com/tHAeJeqo5T
— Tony Abbott (@HonTonyAbbott) July 14, 2017
Here are tweets from other MPs and senators born overseas who currently serve in the Australian parliament.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari was born in Iran, but renounced in 2013
To put everyone at ease. I was born in Iran (born an Iranian citizen). I have met my constitutional requirements regarding section 44. (1/3)
— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) July 18, 2017
Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson was born in Singapore but was never a citizen
No I'm not automatically a dual citizen because I was borne in Singapore (unlike Canada). Must have 1 Singaporean parent as well ½
— Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) July 18, 2017
Labor MP Anne Aly was born in Egypt, but renounced in 2016
NOW: Labor MP Anne Aly tells us how she renounced her Egyptian citizenship prior to nominating at the last election. https://t.co/QVrjjJbgHf
— ABC Perth (@abcperth) July 18, 2017
Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou was born in Greece but renounced in 2000. In the past she tweeted this in reference to her heritage
— Maria Vamvakinou (@MariaVamvakinou) July 11, 2017
Liberal senator Mathias Cormann was born in Belgium but renounced in 2000
— Mathias Cormann (@MathiasCormann) July 18, 2017
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough was born in Singapore but renounced in 2004
Lots of media queries about dual citizenship today. Singapore High Commission unequivocally confirmed I'm part of Team Australia! pic.twitter.com/abAuUsp6pg
— Ian Goodenough (@IanGoodenoughMP) July 18, 2017
Liberal MP Alan Tudge had British citizenship through his parents, but renounced it in 2010
Greens have again broken dual citizenship rules which are known to all parties. I renounced my UK citizenship before contesting in 2010.
— Alan Tudge (@AlanTudgeMP) July 18, 2017
Greens senator Nick McKim was born in Britain but renounced in 2015
For those asking, I renounced my U.K. citizenship in 2015, prior to being nominated by the Tas Parliament for the Senate.
— Nick McKim (@NickMcKim) July 18, 2017
Here are the statuses of the other parliamentarians who haven’t taken to Twitter
- Labor MP Tony Zappia was born in Italy and according to a spokesperson, “conforms to the legal requirements of being an MP”
- Labor senator Penny Wong was born in Malaysia but renounced in 2001
- Labor senator Doug Cameron was born in Britain, and says “I was always eligible to stand”
- Labor senator Alex Gallacher was born in Britain but renounced in 2010
- Labor MP Brian Mitchell was born in Britain but renounced in 2014
- Labor MP Brendan O’Connor was born in Britain but renounced in 2001
- Labor MP Josh Wilson was born in Britain but renounced in 2016
- Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch was born in New Zealand but renounced in 2016
- Independent senator Lucy Gichuhi was born in Kenya but renounced in 2001
- Liberal senator Eric Abetz was born in Germany but renounced in 1974
- Liberal MP Sussan Ley was born in Nigeria and her parents were born in Britain. While she was never a citizen of Nigeria, she renounced her British citizenship in 2001
- Liberal MP Paul Fletcher was born in Britain but renounced in 2009
- Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie was born in Britain but renounced in 2016
- CLP Senator Nigel Scullion was born in Britain but renounced in 2001
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