Who needs pay-TV when we have “Canberra”.
For what it’s worth I think Malcolm Roberts is gone.
Senator Roberts’ fate hinges on whether he was ever a British citizen, which he is refusing to disclose, and whether he took all reasonable steps to renounce the citizenship before he was elected.
Senator Roberts, born in India in 1955 to a Welsh father and an Australian mother, told Sky News on Thursday night he wrote to the British High Commission on May 1 last year asking if he was a British citizen.
Five weeks later, he hadn’t received a response, so wrote again on June 6 – three days before nominations closed – saying that if he had British citizenship, he fully renounced it.
“I’ve taken all steps that I reasonably believe necessary,” Senator Roberts said.
After he was elected on July 2, Senator Roberts said he and his wife kept badgering the High Commission and it was not until December 5 he received a formal registration of his renunciation.
Yes – you read that right: He waited five weeks before badgering the British High Commission. Unless that UK renunciation is backdated to before June 6 I can’t see how he can remain in the Parliament. Like Ludlum and Waters a open and shut case.
Julia Banks and Matt Canavan are somewhat different – they are Australian born, but may still fall foul of s44 as it is currently understood.
Clearly there are absurdities to s44 as it is currently understood and the High Court should clear it up asap.