Federal

Aug 18, 2017

Oops, turns out the Nats don’t always ask wannabe MPs about their citizenship

How could the National Party have missed that three of its 22 federal MPs might be dual citizens?

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

The New South Wales Nationals say their process for ensuring the eligibility of candidates for Parliament is "onerous," but it has been beefed up in the weeks since the dual citizenship debacle first hit Australian members and senators, but the Victorian Nationals have not asked candidates if they are dual citizens before nominating.

The announcement by deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash last night that she holds British citizenship through descent as well as Australian citizenship comes after the revelation earlier this week that Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals in Parliament Barnaby Joyce holds New Zealand citizenship, also through descent. 

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4 thoughts on “Oops, turns out the Nats don’t always ask wannabe MPs about their citizenship

  1. klewso

    “Gnats – Sorting the Chaff from the Chaff”

    1. klewso

      Why wouldn’t they hate the Greens?
      ….If it hadn’t been for them it would have been (illegitimate) business as usual – providing patrons with a leg-up to that tax-payer funded pork barrel and making it easy for mates and sponsors to make a bigger buck, at someone else’s (down the chain) expense? Easy as robbing the Darling.

  2. AR

    How reassuring – ““I have had confirmation that everyone is comfortable with their status”“.
    Fairly sure that the latest suspects were, until recently, also pretty relaxed & comfortable around the trough, the main consideration being to out snout their colleagues.
    So nice to see the comfortable discomforted.

  3. old greybearded one

    What a collection of dunces! Water thieves, fools, caterpillars on the public purse as well it seems. My own local member looks clever compared to his front bench. Nash already proved herself incompetent with the food standards, yet she is the deputy leader. Barnaby Blatherskite condones and encourages the theft of water, as learned form his cotton growing mates in St George.

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