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Citizenship not a worry for Drum

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September 08, 2017

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum is certain he would not be the next MP to fall foul of section 44.

DESPITE the unexpected discovery of dual citizenship status of three of his colleagues, federal Member for Murray Damian Drum was certain he would not be the next MP to fall foul of section 44.

After a disastrous few weeks for the National Party, the Australian-born Mr Drum assured constituents that he would not be tripped up by any surprise dual citizenship with another country.

‘‘My parents were both born in Australia, and my grandparents were both born in Australia,’’ Mr Drum said.

The growing dual citizenship debacle has dominated federal politics during the past month, as uncertainty grows among a growing number of MPs that have been discovered to hold dual citizenship.

After initially hitting the Greens, with the discovery that Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters held dual citizenship, more and more MPs discovered their dual citizenship status in recent weeks.

No party has been hit harder than the Nationals, with leader Barnaby Joyce, deputy leader Fiona Nash and former minister Matt Canavan all discovering they hold dual citizenship.

Despite the uncertainty if his three colleagues would be able to stay in parliament, Mr Drum was optimistic the High Court would rule in the government’s favour.

‘‘We are very confident based on the legal advice the government has received,’’ he said.

The High Court had a directions hearing on the dual citizenship matter last month, which has so far engulfed seven MPs.

A decision on the matter will be made in early October, which puts the coalition’s one-seat majority in the lower house in peril.

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