From the looks of it, Australia’s newly minted federal politicians managed to tick the right boxes on their citizenship links. Thus avoiding a repeat of the fiasco that saw a raft of pollies shown the door in 2018 for failing to rescind their dual citizenships.
But now the issue has spread to the north.
In Papua New Guinea, Attorney-General Alfred Manase has started an investigation into the citizenship of 111 sitting members of PNG’s parliament due to opinionated opposition politician Bryan Kramer’s statement that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill holds dual Australian citizenship as his father is Melbourne-born, AAP reports.
Like in Australia, if you are a dual citizen, you cannot be a sitting member of PNG’s parliament.
On Thursday, O’Neill’s lawyers submitted an affidavit stating that he has never been a citizen of Australia, as well as never holding an Australian passport.
The PM is also asking for a court order to prevent Kramer from continuing to make, what he believes are, ‘defamatory statements’, AAP reports.
Kramer stated that he’ll provide proof in parliament or court, next week.
This month, O’Neill adjourned parliament until Tuesday after claims that parliament would proceed with a no-confidence vote against the embattled PM.
O’Neill has been in office since 2011, and the opposition is trying to oust the prime minister due to a number of defections from his party.
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