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Australian Dual Citizenship Threatens Govt

Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which had lost its slender majority in a bizarre dual citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of Parliament.

The Parliament was due to debate on a Labour Party proposal, to send the cases of another nine lawmakers to the Australian High Court including four of its own members, as well as four from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s centre-right government and an independent lawmaker for determination.

It’s the latest twist in the citizenship crisis, where half of the population in the country were either born overseas or have parents who were.

Turnbull’s tenuous hold on power would come under threat if any of his four coalition colleagues are found to be dual citizens which would mean they must resign from Parliament and by-elections ordered for their seats.

Dual nationals are not allowed to stand for Parliament in Australia’s constitution.