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Australian parliamentarians’ resignation over dual citizenship causes government to cancel sitting week, royal commission into banking increasingly likely

23 November 2017


Four more Australian parliamentarians have resigned over dual citizenship during the past two weeks, bringing the number of resignations to nine since July.

From the ruling Liberal party, Senator Stephen Parry resigned on 1 November and Representative John Alexander announced his resignation on 11 November. Similarly, in late November independent Senator Jacqui Lambie and Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) party Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore resigned after they were confirmed to possess UK dual citizenship; NXT Representative Rebekha Sharkie’s seat is also in question. All members of parliament (MPs) are now required to disclose their citizenship status by 5 December. The most significant resignation was Alexander’s, as this left the ruling coalition in a minority position in the House of Representatives.

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