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Australian senate president confirms dual citizenship, will resign

Australian senate president confirms dual citizenship, will resign

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed Mr Parry told him he may fall foul of section 44 of the Constitution.

"Former Senator Parry mentioned to me a few weeks ago that he was endeavouring to check his family's records", Senator Fifield said in statement to SBS News.

'(Senator Williams) has those particular characteristics respected across the parliament and is a decent character and has always behaved that way, ' Senator Scullion told Sky News.

"I wish my successor all the best and trust that she or he will continue with the reforms that I have commenced, particularly in attaining greater independence from the executive by way of an independent funding model for all of the parliamentary departments", he said.

The British Home Office has confirmed that Australian Senate President and Stephen Parry is a United Kingdom citizen, forcing the Tasmanian Liberal to resign from Parliament because he is in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution.

A number of senior government officials have criticised Mr Parry for not disclosing his status sooner.

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He quoted former USA president Abraham Lincoln who said in 1864: "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me".

With a heavy heart I inform you that I have received advice from the British Home Office that I am a British citizen by virtue of my father's birthplace, thereby being a dual citizen under the provisions of the Australian Constitution. He believes he could be a British citizen by descent.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Liberal frontbencher Angus Taylor echoed similar sentiments.

On Sunday, before Mr Parry's dual citizenship status was revealed, Attorney-General George Brandis said he had no knowledge of any others inside the government who could have dual citizenship concerns.

The resignation of the MP has added to the political turmoil following a high court ruling last week which found five MPs were ineligible because they were dual citizens.