The Deputy Leader of the of Nationals is the latest politician to be caught up in the dual citizenship fiasco, after Fiona Nash revealed she is a British citizen by descent.
The announcement comes just days after the leader of her party, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, admitted to discovering he holds New Zealand citizenship by descent.
Ms Nash said she sought advice from the UK Home Office on her citizenship after Mr Joyce’s statement on Monday.
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Neither Mr Joyce or Ms Nash will step aside while the High Court reaches a verdict on whether they’re eligible for parliament.
“I can advise honourable senators, that on the basis of the solicitor-general’s advice, the Prime Minister sees no reason for me to stand aside from my portfolio responsibilities,” Ms Nash said.
Leading constitutional law expert George Williams believes the federal parliament can still function normally, despite the on-going dual citizenship scandal.
But Crossbench Senator Cory Bernadi is calling for parliament to be suspended until the issue is resolved.
Mr Williams says the suspension of parliament is a decision the Prime Minister must make.
“The governor general could give his advice on the suspension of parliament, but at the end of the day it’s for Malcolm Turnbull to decide on,” he said.