Nick Xenophon Now Embroiled In Section 44 Dual Citizenship Drama

Quentin Dempster                                                       Thursday

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is making enquiries with the British Home Office after questions were raised about whether he picked up British citizenship by descent through his father.

Today he confirmed the Home Office had informed him that he was considered a British overseas citizen according to law.

Along with Xenophon and Nash, the freakish mess around section 44 of the constitution has ensnared deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and Nationals senator Matt Canavan.

Senator Xenophon announced yesterday he had become the seventh parliamentarian to be engulfed by the dual citizenship fiasco in Federal Parliament.

That has drawn fierce criticism from Senator Xenophon's Lower House colleague, Rebekha Sharkie, who said she would no longer guarantee supply and confidence to the Government in the Lower House.

While the High Court will begin considering the status of Mr Joyce and Senator Canavan next Thursday, the government will not be able to refer Senator Nash to the court until September when Parliament next sits, leaving her eligibility in doubt.

She is the third Turnbull government minister whose case will be referred to the High Court, along with her boss, Barnaby Joyce, who revealed he had New Zealand citizenship on Monday, and former minister Matt Canavan. Roberts was born in India to a welsh father. I had very little contact with my father throughout his life and he died nine years ago.

"I'll just be open with people".

"I can advise honourable Senators that on the basis of the solicitor-general's advice the PM has indicated to me that he sees no reason for me to stand aside from my portfolio responsibilities".

Xenophon said at a press conference that he would continue to work as a senator while the High Court looked at his case, and an image he tweeted shortly after his announcement indicated that the independent wasn't taking the issue too seriously.

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