It starts with a media report, then proceeds in ritualistic fashion: initially there are denials; the MP and party officials believe they have no issue around their eligibility. That belief, it turns out, isn’t backed by evidence; the “checking” that they’ve done proves cursory or non-existent or an exercise in firing off emails to non-existent addresses. Embassies and High Commissions are contacted — the UK High Commission in Canberra must now have a full-time case officer to handle citizenship requests — and more often than not, the news from the diplomats is not good.
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