The government thinks Derryn Hinch's citizenship 'problem' is a publicity stunt

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Derryn Hinch wants to take himself before the High Court, saying he may have a problem with his citizenship status because he used to live in the US and retains a social security number as a result.

The “human headline” says he’s doing it for the avoidance of doubt, joining seven other elected members of federal parliament whose cases will be assessed by the court.

But the government is not impressed. Phil Coorey reports at the AFR:

[Hinch] believes he will be okay but wants the issue clarified to remove suspicion, “even if it wastes the High Court’s time”

He has taken this position despite not receiving any formal advice from the Commonwealth Solicitor-General.

The government will probably ask the Solicitor-General to provide advice but believes the episode is a stunt.

It is understood Attorney-General George Brandis is “very optimistic about Senator Hinch’s position”.

The AFR has the full story >>

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