Australian MP caught on dual citizenship

Australian MP caught on dual citizenship

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.7


It’s the Sydney seat that has already brought down one former prime minister. Now it could decide the fate of Malcolm Turnbull as well, said an article published on

The fate of Malcolm Turnbull’s government could rest in the unpredictable Sydney seat that both major parties fight hardest for.

The seat of Bennelong could once again be in play with the Liberal Party’s token celebrity MP John Alexander the latest to become embroiled in the citizenship crisis that’s threatening the government’s majority.

The former tennis professional and member for Bennelong was last night outed as potentially having British citizenship by descent.

The son of a British migrant, Mr Alexander admitted on Tuesday he believes his dad renounced his UK citizenship soon after migrating to Australia, but now he’s double checking.

Because Gilbert Alexander landed in Australia in 1911, and Australian citizenship was only created in 1949, he had a window of only two years to renounce his British citizen before the arrival of baby John Alexander to ensure citizenship was not passed on to his son.

Like the fiasco the Turnbull Government now find itself in, Mr Alexander’s citizenship status could be a little messy.

If Alexander is referred to the High Court and his 2016 election deemed ineligible, it would trigger a by-election in the coveted seat that up until recently has been considered a safe one for the Liberals.

For decades, the people of Bennelong were represented by one of the Liberal Party’s founding members, John Cramer.

The revered party elder, who served under Prime Minister Robert Menzies, held the seat from 1949 until 1974 when he handed the reigns to a then up-and-comer, also named John.

Former prime minister John Howard was elected to Bennelong in 1974 and stayed there throughout his parliamentary career when he lost government to Kevin Rudd in 2007.

The seat went to political rookie Maxine McKew, who was rocketed into the hard-fought election with the aid of the public profile she had built up as a high profile journalist with the ABC.

Before entering politics, Ms McKew had held some of the biggest media gigs including hosting the national broadcaster’s Lateline and 7.30 Report programs.

Her political career was however short-lived when the Liberals put up another celebrity candidate against her, winning back the seat with the aid of tennis great Alexander who has now represented Bennelong since 2010.

In last year’s federal election, Alexander won comfortably against Labor’s candidate — North Ryde mum Lyndal Howison — with more than 50 percent of the vote.

However, if the citizenship fiasco saw Alexander booted, both major parties would likely be scratching for strong, well-known candidates to fight for the Liberal stronghold.

In the PM’s proposal, within 21 days of the parliament approving the measure, MPs will be required to provide to the registrar of members’ interests a declaration that he or she was not, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, a citizen of any country other than Australia.

They will also be required to declare the birthplace of their parents, but not their grandparents.

If they had been a dual citizen, MPs would need to provide details and evidence of the time and manner in which their foreign citizenship was renounced or otherwise came to an end.

Mr Turnbull says the disclosures could reveal a number of “lineball cases” which end up in the High Court, and in some cases, members may choose to resign.

The Prime Minister is due to discuss the plan with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Wednesday, ahead of a Senate meeting next week.

Mr Shorten says he’ll engage constructively with the prime minister. But the Labor leader wants to ensure the process satisfies all Australians there are no remaining clouds over the eligibility of MPs to sit in parliament.

The Greens will still seek Labor and crossbench support next week for a special parliamentary committee to scrutinise all MPs, using the advice of expert citizenship lawyers.

National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction to stabilize lari
National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction to stabilize lari
Azerbaijan records annual growth in lending to agricultural sector
Azerbaijan records annual growth in lending to agricultural sector
Georgia sees increase in public debt
Georgia sees increase in public debt
Loading Bars
OPEC+ supports 0.5 mln bpd output growth since January, monthly meetings
Four killed in large blast in western England: local police
Kazakhstan's revenue from petroleum oil exports to Hungary surge
Georgian NCDC Head urges symptomatic citizens to undergo antigen test
Iran, Turkey call for increased economic coop.
Turkey grapples with COVID-19 surge in 3 cities amid vaccine hope
Kazakhstan's oil & gas company opens tender to buy spares
It is through coordinated, concerted global response based on unity, multilateral cooperation that international community can craft strategies to mitigate effects of COVID-19 - President Aliyev
Special Session of UN General Assembly is remarkable success for Member States of NAM - President Aliyev
Non-Aligned Movement praises activities of UN system in response to COVID-19 - President Aliyev
Throughout 2020 global community faced greatest health crisis in recent history - President Aliyev
Turkmenistan proposes to widen cooperation in the area of nature protection and climate change on the OSCE platform
Turkmenistan committed to humanitarian cooperation within the OSCE
Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company discloses amount of investments in Georgia's economy
Annual production volume from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field to increase by 2023
Azerbaijani president delivers speech at special session of UN General Assembly (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Iran Chamber of Commerce discusses increase of interest rates
Azerbaijan changes rules for distribution of property
Georgia announces final results of parliamentary election
Special session of UN General Assembly on COVID-19 begins at Azerbaijani president’s initiative
OSCE MG Co-Chairs welcome cessation of activities in area of Karabakh conflict
Kazakhstan sees increase in registration of newly-purchased cars
Azerbaijani, Turkish FMs exchange views on meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council
Metallurgical plant built with Russia’s support to be launched in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan Railways JSC to increase authorized capital
Russia hopes UNESCO mission to arrive soon in Nagorno-Karabakh region
Georgian state flour subsidy program to maintain stable prices for bread
Foreign trade grows between Russia’s Udmurtia, Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry eyes studying Rothschild & Co experience in entering IPO
Azerbaijan raises cargo exports in value terms
National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction to stabilize lari
Korean government donates glove boxes to Azerbaijan for COVID-19 examination (PHOTO)
Public to be provided with detailed information about martyrs - Azerbaijani MoD
Georgia continuing efforts to diversify production and promoting use of renewable energy
Number of projects to be implemented at Angren FEZ in Uzbekistan revealed
Prospects for expanding capabilities of Southern Gas Corridor discussed
Kazakhstan looking for co-op opportunities with Northern European countries despite COVID-19
Coronavirus adversely affects activities of Georgian JB Group
Uzbekistan, Turkey discuss creation of industrial zone in Tashkent
Productivity of Azerbaijani liberated lands to be assessed
Baku Metro opens tender to attract renovation, installation services
Ceyhan terminal’s oil transshipment from ACG exceeds 195 million barrels
OSCE potential in settlement of conflicts remains in demand – Russian FM
Crude oil shipments decrease at Kazakhstan's Marine Terminal of CPC
Karabakh agreement can positively influence Turkish-Armenian relations - Mevlut Cavusoglu
Azerbaijan records annual growth in lending to agricultural sector
Uzbek-Korean JV opens tender for gas purchase
Patriotic War Memorial Complex and Victory Museum to be established in Baku
Khazar Consortium opens tender for maintenance, repair of office equipment in Turkmenistan
We are entering new post-conflict stage of reconstruction, rehabilitation - Azerbaijani FM
President Ilham Aliyev signs order on commemoration of Patriotic War martyrs
SOCAR’s share in Azerbaijan’s natural gas output down
Anti-Azerbaijani efforts of Armenian diaspora and pro-Armenian forces fail
Georgia sees increase in public debt
Georgian restaurants ask for benefits and salary compensation
Lithuanian company talks on new payment device for Azerbaijani market
Georgian E-Space to attract partners for developing network of charging stations
SOCAR sees increase in proven gas and condensate reserves
Georgian bread company plans to expand its business
Iran's power production capacity increases
Employment in Iran's Kurdistan Province increases
Azerbaijan confirms 4,189 new COVID-19 cases, 2,072 recoveries
Azerbaijani banks' demand for foreign currency declines
Commandants appointed for liberated Lachin, Kalbajar districts of Azerbaijan
Turkish FM talks regional benefits of trilateral agreement on Karabakh
Bahar Azadi gold coin price again falling in Iran
Assets of Uzbek commercial banks increase over 10M2020
Greece extends nationwide lockdown by a week, to Dec. 14
Most of Azerbaijani goods' exports via Single Window system falls on air transportation
Number of enterprises launched in Iran's Qom Province up
Demand for Azerbaijani commercial banks grows year on year
SOCAR’s 2019 oil output exceeds forecasts
Date of Turkish president's visit to Azerbaijan disclosed
OSCE chairman-in-office welcomes cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh region
Defense Ministry discloses number of missing Azerbaijani servicemen and currently under medical treatment
Number of people infected with coronavirus pandemic in Iran exceeds 1 million
Turkmenistan cuts imports of cars from Turkey
Azerbaijan discloses number of its servicemen killed in second Karabakh war
Azerbaijan lowers cement imports from Turkey
Iran's trade turnover with some Central Asian countries revealed
Trilateral statement of Nov. 10 ends nearly 30-year occupation of Azerbaijani lands - FM
Growth pace of both lari and foreign currency deposits slows down in Georgia
Azerbaijan reveals latest data on exports and imports of finished textile products
Iran inaugurates new power projects
Association of electrotechnical enterprises to increase production in Uzbekistan
Iran declares amount of money paid to tea farmers
Kazakhstan discusses measures to improve national economy with UNDP
SOCAR’s proven oil reserves down y-o-y
Azerbaijan creates service post, appoints inspectors in liberated Sugovushan, Talish villages (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan to solemnly celebrate Victory Day every year on Nov. 8
Lari exchange rate and pandemic impact electricity tariffs in Georgia
Turkey's export to Turkic-speaking countries up
Expenses on construction of enterprises decline in Iran’s Qazvin province
Iran plans changes to law for citizens paying tax upon leaving country
Food products jump in price in Kazakhstan in Nov. 2020
Azerbaijan shows video footages from Husulu, Malibey villages of Lachin district (VIDEO)
Iran’s Wagon Pars Company discloses number of manufactured wagons
Azerbaijan records growth in life insurance market
Global Gas Centre can help promote Turkmen gas in Central Asia, Europe
Export of major Azerbaijani non-oil companies down
All news