Senator Derryn Hinch caught up in citizenship scandal

Senator Derryn Hinch is the latest federal politician embroiled in Canberra’s citizenship scandal.

The Victorian Senator has admitted he holds a US social security card, which makes him eligible for some US benefits.

Senator Hinch lived in New York in the 1960s and 1970s while working for the Sydney Morning Herald.


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During that time he paid social security tax, which means he is now entitled to a US pension.

Under Section 44 of the constitution, “those who are entitled to the rights or privileges of a foreign power are disqualified from office”.

In a statement, Senator Hinch said he is seeking legal advice and will refer himself to the High Court if necessary.

“I plan to raise the issue with the solicitor-general and, if necessary, will refer myself to the High Court, acting as the Court of Disputed Returns,” he said.