Aussie Senate president caught up in parliamentary citizenship fiasco

Violet Powell
November 3, 2017

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed Mr Parry told him he may fall foul of section 44 of the Constitution. He listened to Nationals senator Fiona Nash outline circumstances remarkably similar to his own when she revealed her dual nationality.

Parry's successor is expected to be another government senator.

"The British Home Office has sought further details from me today, which I have provided, and I await a response", he said.

"If Stephen Parry finds himself in this unfortunate situation there may well be others", he told Sky News.

A citizenship crisis that robbed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of his one-seat majority will claim another politician, with the Senate president on Wednesday saying he will resign after confirming he was a dual national.

A number of senior government officials have criticised Mr Parry for not disclosing his status sooner.

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Parry says his father moved to Australia as a boy in 1951 and "I always regarded my late father as Australian, particularly as he undertook his national service and participated as a member of the Australian Army Reserve and voted in every Australian election since adulthood".

Just days after Australia's High Court ruled that five members of federal parliament were ineligible to serve for breaching the Australian constitution's dual citizenship laws, the federal parliament's Senate President Stephen Parry has declared that he may also be a dual citizen.

'He chose to delay his reporting of it, he should've reported it much earlier and it could've been referred to the High Court together with the other matters that were dealt with the other citizenship-by-descent cases'.

Mr Taylor on Thursday said it "would have been better" if Mr Parry had come out earlier.

On Friday, the court decided that five politicians - including deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce - were invalidly elected.

Parry said he would resign from his post if his citizenship is confirmed by the United Kingdom.

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