High Court rules Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in parliament

High Court rules Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in parliament

The citizenship fiasco continues. On Wednesday morning the Australian High Court ruled ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in parliament, rejecting her argument that she had taken reasonable steps to renounce her British citizenship.

In making this ruling the High Court’s decision is likely to set four further by-elections into motion. Gallagher’s situation has provided a test case, in effect, for four MPs who relied on a similar argument to remain in parliament.

Labor’s Susan Lamb, Josh Wilson and Justine Keay, and Rebekha Sharkie of the Centre Alliance (formerly the Nick Xenophon Team), are the MPs now under pressure to confirm their eligibility.

On Tuesday Tony Burke indicated that if Gallagher was found to be ineligible the three labor MPs would resign. Sharkie has confirmed she is seeking urgent legal advice about her position.

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Gallagher expressed her disappointment after the decision:

“To have my place in the Senate end like this today is very deeply disappointing but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life and I will take the time to talk with Labor Party members on how I can do this over the months ahead.”

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