Dual citizenship debacle claims another scalp but pollies flick calls for an audit of all MP’s

Senate President Stephen Parry will resign from Parliament tomorrow after authorities in London confirmed he is a dual British citizen by descent.

The Liberal senator for Tasmania, who was born in Burnie, was told by the UK Home Office that he inherited British citizenship from his father, who emigrated to Australia at the age of 10.

He is likely to be replaced for former Liberal minister Richard Colbeck.


Both sides of politics have rejected calls from the Greens for an audit of all MP’s, who would have to prove they don’t hold dual citizenship.

Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said it’s not necessary.

“Maybe people should just follow the rules in the first place,” she said.

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop agrees.

“Each person can take responsibility to ensure they are eligible to be a member of parliament or a senator,” she said.