Nick Xenophon Admits He Could Be In Trouble Over Citizenship

The inheritance of United Kingdom citizenship by descent landed Nationals cabinet minister Fiona Nash in trouble this week, when she revealed she too was a United Kingdom citizen.

"My mother was born in Australia and was an Australian citizen", she said.

"As Senator Nash admitted, she has known since Monday that she was a dual citizen, yet waited until one minute before the Senate rose for a two week break to inform the Parliament", she said.

Australia's widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician Friday, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate.

"I can advise honourable senators, that on the basis of the solicitor-general's advice, the Prime Minister sees no reason for me to stand aside from my portfolio responsibilities", she said.

In circumstances that remain murky, this reactionary measure, which could disqualify millions of people who were born overseas or had a parent or grandparent born overseas, was first invoked against two Greens senators.

"I will also continue as deputy leader of the National party".

Under section 44 of the constitution, anyone who holds dual citizenship is ineligible to sit in parliament.

Mr Pitt wouldn't comment on Senator Nash's situation as it would now be referred to the High Court once parliament resumed on September 4.


Not only has the government's one-seat majority in the House of Representatives possibly been erased by the prima facie ineligibility of Joyce, a member of the lower house.

It comes just days after deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was outed as being a New Zealand citizen, and after Resources Minister Canavan resigned upon finding out he was in fact an Italian citizen last month.

This led to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claiming she would find it hard to build trust with a New Zealand Labour-led government.

"This is simply not good enough".

Fiona Nash in parliament yesterday.

Xenophon, who just three days ago joked with Senate colleague Sam Dastyari that he was not a Greek citizen, confirmed he was getting advice as to whether he may be a United Kingdom citizen by descent.

Nash's case illustrates how far section 44 (i) can reach.

Earlier, Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, a former Liberal, called for Parliament to be suspended until the crisis is resolved.

This would be the second resort within 18 months to the anti-democratic powers held by the Queen's representative, after Turnbull a year ago asked the governor-general to prorogue the parliament to pave the way for a double dissolution election of both houses.

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