Nick Xenophon Admits He Could Be In Trouble Over Citizenship

"Growing up, my parents always told me that I was not a dual citizen", Nash said.

"As Senator Nash admitted, she has known since Monday that she was a dual citizen, yet waited until one minute before the Senate rose for a two-week break to inform the parliament", Senator Gallagher said.

She is the third Turnbull government minister whose case will be referred to the High Court, along with her boss, Barnaby Joyce, who revealed he had New Zealand citizenship on Monday, and former minister Matt Canavan. The Sydney-born senator, who was first elected in 2005, is the minister for local government, regional development and regional communications.

If Australian politics hadn't already jumped the shark, it well and truly did last night with National Party deputy leader Fiona Nash admitting to being a citizen of another country.

It looks like it might be an easier task to list the Australian politicians who are NOT now embroiled in citizenship drama, as yet another one fell victim to the affliction that has taken down so many MPs over the past month.

When the Senate resumes on September 4, Nash will become the seventh member of parliament facing the High Court.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week affected surety, declaring Mr Joyce was "qualified to sit in this House, and the High Court will so hold".

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A court will determine if the deputy Prime Minister is still eligible to hold office, while the careers of a number of other politicians are now in question.

Two senators, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, were forced to resign last month over their citizenship status.

Nash's case illustrates how far section 44 (i) can reach.

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says his department told him late on Thursday afternoon that Mr Joyce's situation had been discovered as a result of checks following Australian media inquiries. The remainder of the politicians who may be in breach of the Constitution are from the Senate.

Three other politicians will also have their eligibility tested in court as early as next week, namely far-right Senator Malcolm Roberts, who claims he renounced his United Kingdom citizenship, Scott Ludlam, who resigned as co-deputy leader of the left-wing Greens over his New Zealand status and another Greens co-deputy leader and Canadian dual national, Larissa Waters, who has also resigned.

Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has suggested suspending the Parliament.

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