Senate President Stephen Parry may be a dual-citizen

03 November, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Senate President Stephen Parry is the eighth politician to reveal he is a dual citizen

The announcement comes just five days after the High Court of Australian ruled deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and four other senators were also ineligible to be in parliament, forcing their immediate removal.

Mr Parry, a Senator from Tasmania, was born in Australia to a father who migrated from Britain and has become the first member of the ruling Liberal party to resign.

Look no further than the actions of senator Stephen Parry to understand why.

For the past few months while the citizenship fiasco has unfolded, Parry has sat silent, choosing to keep doubts over his own status to himself, despite knowing his father was British-born.

Parry has a British-born father and is the eighth Australian politician caught up in the debacle, which saw the High Court last Friday declare five of seven MPs, including Joyce, Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts, and former Greens senators Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters were in breach of the Constitution when they stood for election past year.

Joyce has since relinquished his New Zealand citizenship and will re-contest his seat at a December 2 by-election.

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"The onus is on all senators and members to satisfy themselves of their circumstances and I encouraged Senator Parry to do so".

In a statement, parry said the high court of Australia had given "absolute clarity" on constitutional rules that prevent the election of dual citizens.

Earlier, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was "disappointed" Mr Parry did not speak out sooner.

Eric Abetz, a Liberal MP, said an audit would help to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the Parliament.

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

Rather than 'fess up and refer himself for adjudication, he took the cowardly path of sitting back and letting his Senate colleagues take the heat, while crossing his fingers the High Court would clear them.


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