ALL Australian senators have three weeks to prove they were not foreign nationals when elected under an agreement the major political parties reached yesterday to resolve a deepening citizenship crisis.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition could lose two seats in by-elections next month after government MP John Alexander resigned on Saturday because of joint British citizenship.
Australia is rare in banning dual nationals from sitting in parliament.
There is uncertainty who might end up in office after an unknown number of by-elections.
Mr Turnbull’s conservative Liberal Party and the opposition Labour Party agreed on a December 1 deadline for senators to provide documentary evidence that they are solely Australian citizens.
Australian-born parliamentarians must provide details of their parents and grandparents’ dates and countries of birth to demonstrate that they have not inherited a second nationality. Immigrant MPs must show steps taken to renounce their original nationalities.