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Five Australian politicians ousted over dual citizenship

  • 9 May 2018

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Five new Australian parliamentarians have been ousted for holding dual citizenship when they were elected.

Last year, 10 MPs and senators were removed from office for violating a constitutional rule that prohibits federal political candidates from being dual nationals.

On Wednesday, Senator Katy Gallagher was ruled ineligible by a court in what was widely viewed as a fresh test case.

Four other politicians who were under scrutiny resigned after the verdict.

Ms Gallagher and Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb are members of the opposition Labor party. The fifth politician, Rebekha Sharkie, is part of minor party Centre Alliance.

This is a breaking news story – more to follow.

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