Citizenship saga in parliament

If You Thought the MP Citizenship Saga Was Over, Read This…

Australia’s MPs have handed in their citizenship disclosure documents.

And unsurprisingly, more members’ legitimacy have come into doubt. Below you can see the list of MPs who now fall under the cloud of dual citizenship.

Is this the complete list…or will we find more members coming out of the woodwork in the weeks ahead? Time will tell…

MPS WITH CITIZENSHIP DOUBTS:

* Josh Frydenberg — His mother was born in Hungary’s capital Budapest and her parents are both Hungarian. His grandparents on his father’s side were born in Poland. Insists he’s in the clear.

* Jason Falinski — Has sought further legal advice after being unable to ascertain whether his USSR-born father, Polish and British born grandfathers and Leningrad-born grandmother conferred foreign citizenship on him.

* Ross Vasta — All four grandparents were born in Italy and wife was born in China. Claims he renounced Italian citizenship on March 15, 2001 but did not provide evidence.

* Nola Marino — Father born in the US, Italian paternal grandparents and a Swedish born maternal grandfather and Italian husband. Her declaration says she’s checked websites and sought legal advice, but thinks she’s in the clear.

* Julia Banks — Father born in Greece along with all four grandparents. Greek Embassy does not have her registered on Greek municipal records, a requirement of being a citizen.

* Alex Hawke — Mother and maternal grandparents were born in Greece. Greek Embassy does not have him registered on Greek municipal records, a requirement of being a citizen.

* Michael McCormack — Maternal grandfather born in Greece. Greek Embassy does not have him registered on Greek municipal records, a requirement of being a citizen.

LABOR

* David Feeney — Can’t find the paperwork from Irish and British authorities proving he’s renounced possible citizenship by descent from his father.

* Josh Wilson — Born in Britain but citizenship renunciation from UK Home Office is dated June 24, 2016 and might be too late.

* Justine Keay — Acquired British citizenship through her father, but citizenship renunciation from UK Home Office is dated July 8, 2016 and might be too late.

* Susan Lamb — Acquired British citizenship by descent through her Scottish born father, attempted to have it renounced but application refused on August 10, 2016.

* Steve Georganas — Greek parents and grandparents, and has written to the Greek Consulate in Adelaide ahead of every election since 2004 requesting confirmation his citizenship has been renounced.

* Michael Danby — Jewish father and paternal grandparents were born in Germany. Father was stripped of citizenship when he arrived in Australia.

* Mark Dreyfus — Jewish father and paternal grandparents were born in Germany. Father was stripped of citizenship when he arrived in Australia. Believes German law requires someone stripped of citizenship to reapply.

* Anne Aly — Born in Egypt. Provided a letter from the Egyptian Embassy stating she had applied to relinquish her Egyptian nationality on May 2, 2016. No evidence confirming renunciation.

CROSSBENCH

* Rebekha Sharkie — Born in the UK. Her mother was born in the US but didn’t spend enough time there to pass on citizenship. Renounced UK citizenship on April 19, 2016 but renunciation was registered with the UK Home Office on June 29, 2016.

The Australian Tribune with AAP

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