Last chance for citizenship seven


ONE Nation senator Malcolm Roberts’ lawyer will front the High Court today to argue the case for why he shouldn’t be disqualified from parliament for holding dual citizenship.

It’s the final day of hearings for the dual citizenship cases of seven federal MPs, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

The High Court will not make its judgment today but is likely to give some indication of when it will announce its findings.

Senator Roberts is in court today while his case is heard. He has been the only politician to attend over the past three days of hearings.

After a cross examination hearing last month, the High Court found that the Queensland senator was a British citizen at the time he signed his senate nomination form, and that he knew it.

Roberts — who was born in India to a British father and became an Australian citizen at age 19 — had sent an email with the subject line “Am I still a British citizen?” in May 2016 to UK authorities before he applied, but to the wrong email address.

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media_cameraSenator Malcolm Roberts arrives at the High Court in Canberra. Picture: Gary Ramage

media_cameraBarnaby Joyce recently said he didn’t know his father was a Kiwi. Picture: AAP

He also failed to send the required renunciation fee until after he had signed the form.

Justice Patrick Keane found that the email was not effective to renounce citizenship because it was not sent to the right authority, it did not contain a declaration of truth and did not include the required fee.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue argued on Monday Senator Roberts should lose his seat because he voluntarily retained his citizenship by not taking all reasonable steps to renounce it.

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