Citizenship documents show Katy Gallagher may be ineligible

Monday, 04 December 2017, 08:55:41 AM. Citizenship documents of all senators are made public, revealing concerns about some federal politicians' eligibility.

Katy Gallagher tilts her head to the side Photo: Labor senator Katy Gallagher has strongly denied being a dual citizen. (AAP: Alan Porritt)

ACT Labor senator Katy Gallagher was still a dual citizen of the United Kingdom when she nominated for the last federal election.

Senator Gallagher had taken the steps required to give up the UK citizenship she acquired through her father before nominations closed.

But she did not receive the letter from the UK Home Office confirming her renunciation until August 16 last year, which was two months after nominations closed.

The Prime Minister has said that Labor figures like Senator Gallagher who had not renounced other citizenship before the election should be referred to the High Court to decide their eligibility.

Labor senator Doug Cameron has revealed in his citizenship forms that he was potentially eligible for Lithuanian citizenship.

Labor Senator Doug Cameron at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra Photo: Doug Cameron renounced his British citizenship before nominating for Parliament, but his documents show he may also be eligible for Lithuanian citizenship. (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

Senator Cameron was born in Scotland and renounced his British citizenship before nominating for Parliament.

His form shows his maternal grandparents left Lithuania for Scotland before his mother was born in 1915.

Last year, Lithuania changed its laws to allow for dual citizenship for descendants of Lithuanian citizens who left the nation before 1940.

But Senator Cameron said to acquire Lithuanian citizenship he would have to apply and he confirmed he had not done so.

More to come.

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