Five more Australian MP's ousted for dual citizenship

Sharkie's future in doubt after latest High Court ruling

Four MPs who were dual citizens when they nominated as candidates in the 2016 election have resigned from parliament in the wake of a High Court ruling today that declared Labor senator Katy Gallagher ineligible because she was in breach of the Constitution, forcing her from Parliament.

Gallagher accepted the verdict and said she has "more to contribute to public life".

"The High Court has adopted the strictest possible reading", said Dr George Williams, professor and Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Gallagher first joined the senate in 2015.

Senator Gallagher's replacement in the upper house will come from Labor under a 1977 constitutional change.

Lamb said she meant to recontest her seat and Labor MPs Josh Wilson and Justine Keay, who also resigned on Wednesday, and independent member Rebekha Sharkie, said they would do likewise in their separate electorates.

Australia has lurched into a fresh political crisis after a court ruled that a Labor senator was ineligible to sit in parliament because she had failed to renounce her British citizenship, triggering a spate of MP resignations.

Four other politicians who were under scrutiny resigned after the verdict. They must resign today.

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Labor leader Bill Shorten said three of the ousted MPs would seek re-election.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has been accused of "lying" to the Australian people over the dual citizenship fiasco.

Gallagher said that while she is very disappointed by the outcome of the case, she respects the decision of the court.

"The idea that this leaves any room for manoeuvre on the Labor side is quite frankly laughable".

In a nation in which half the population were either born overseas or have parents who were, the dual citizenship rule has cut a swathe through the national parliament.

WA is also facing a federal byelection in Perth after sitting MP Tim Hammond quit for family reasons and a state byelection in Darling Range after its MP for the seat, Barry Urban, quit following a damning parliamentary report which found he lied to parliament.

Meanwhile it is set to be one election after another with the Victorian state election expected to take place before the end of 2018 and in NSW next March, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yet again on Wednesday that he wanted to call a general election in the first half of 2019.

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