Senate President Stephen Parry may be a dual-citizen

The citizenship debacle continues with Senate President Stephen Parry alerting colleagues that he could be a dual British citizen by descent and may need to resign his position.

The Australian reports the Tasmanian Senator has asked authorities in London to check if he holds dual citizenship, and is waiting for a reply.

After making the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, dozens questioned why Senator Parry waited until after the High Court’s decision on the “Citizen 7” to make inquiries into his own background.


Attorney General George Brandis defended Senator Parry, stating he did nothing wrong.

“Evidently before the High Court’s decision, it wasn’t something that he’d appreciated may be problematic for him and we still don’t know whether it is problematic until the inquiries, which he has initiated of the UK home office, have been completed,” Mr Brandis said.

Parry was born in Burnie on Tasmania’s north coast, but his father came to Australia from the UK as a boy in 1951.

If found to be a dual-citizen, Parry will become the eighth MP caught up in the citizenship scandal.