Citizenship scandals, same-sex marriage and foreign interference dominate the messy politics of 2017

OPINION & ANALYSIS: 2017 has been a year of deep uncertainty in much of the world, while in Australian politics it has been one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions.

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New blow for Labor as David Feeney hits citizenship hurdle

Evidence cannot be found that Victorian MP David Feeney has renounced his British citizenship. Labor would be at high risk of losing his Melbourne seat of Batman to the Greens if he were found to be ineligible.

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Coalition behind in two new polls as triumphant Joyce heads back to Canberra

The Australian parliamentary week will be dominated by same-sex marriage and MPs’ citizenship. The government will also introduce a suite of legislation targeting foreign interference and espionage, all while welcoming back Barnaby Joyce.

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Citizenship crisis claims Nick Xenophon Team’s Kakoschke-Moore

A tearful senator said she was “heartbroken” and would ask that her case be referred to the High Court.

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Jacqui Lambie resigns: latest casualty in dual citizenship fiasco

Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie steps down after discovering she is a British citizen.

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Coalition and ALP reach deal on citizenship disclosure

Labor claimed it got all it wanted in the deal; the government claimed the ALP wished to include further clauses designed to clear MPs on the basis that they had taken “reasonable steps” to renounce dual citizenship.

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Five ways you didn’t know you could claim British citizenship

What many people aren’t aware of – and just ask a few Aussie politicians, hey – is that there are over 100 ways to claim British citizenship. Here’s just a sample…

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Turnbull proposes all MPs make declarations on citizenship as doubts raised about another Liberal

Malcolm Turnbull stressed this would not be an audit – for which there have been widespread calls. Meanwhile, Liberal backbencher John Alexander “believes” his father renounced British citizenship.

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Shorten urges MPs all disclose citizenship to parliament

Bill Shorten says Labor would support a ‘universal disclosure to the parliament’ on citizenship, as crisis continues to unfold.

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New citizenship bombshell – Senate President may be British

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said it was “extraordinary that the president of the Senate – who oversaw several High Court referrals – did not reflect on his own eligibility until just days ago”.

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High Court sets dual citizenship hearings for October

Uncertainty for government prolonged by High Court while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten repeats call for two senior Coalition frontbenchers to stand down from ministry.

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Govt in turmoil over Barnaby Joyce NZ citizenship, Bishop accuses Labor of collusion with Kiwis

Labor denies collusion with NZ colleagues to destabilise government over Barnaby Joyce citizenship affair, counter-accusing foreign minister of creating a diplomatic incident with Australia’s closest ally.

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Dual-citizenship crisis claims third victim, Labor demands government come clean

Overseas born Australian federal politicians of all stripes are checking their paperwork after government minister forced to step-down over dual-citizenship fiasco.

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British Citizenship

ASK THE EXPERT | How does one qualify for British citizenship?

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Becoming a British Citizen: Taking the Oath of Allegiance

ASK THE EXPERT | I have applied to become a British Citizen. What is the Oath of Allegiance?

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