The Dual-Citizenship Contagion Promises 5 of Australia Longer Performed

Tuesday following the High Court's decision on Labor Senator Katy Gallagher's dual citizenship case

Section 44 (i) of Australia's constitution bars "citizens of a foreign power" from serving in parliament, including dual citizens, or those entitled to dual citizenship.

Gallagher had referred herself to the court in 2017 after questions emerged over whether she had renounced her British citizenship in time to run for office. The High Court in Canberra unanimously ruled that the senator should have been disqualified from running and said she was not eligible to hold her seat.

Australia's citizenship crisis came to a head last July, when the High Court reaffirmed an obscure 1901 law barring dual nationals from standing for public office.

Having just lost five in the wake of the high court ruling on Katy Gallagher, and including WA Tim Hammond, who recently resigned for family reasons, he's in an awkward position.

Gallagher was aware of her British passport as her father was born in England, so the court ruled that she did not take "all reasonable steps" to relinquish her British links, Xinhua news agency reported.

"On the other hand, if Labor was to win with an increased majority, that would be a sign that there's a problem for the government", he said. All four politicians indicated that had already renounced their second citizenship and intend to recontest their seats.

The Labor Party is most at risk of losing its Queensland seat of Longman, which outgoing MP Susan Lamb secured by a margin of less than 1 percent margin.

In a litmus test for both the Liberal prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Labor opposition leader, Bill Shorten, the four MPs will now fight to retain their seats in a "super Saturday" of byelections in four different states.

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