Federal citizenship cloud covers Skye

Frederick Owens
November 23, 2017

In breaking news, Nick Xenophon team senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore has resigned and will refer herself to the High Court.

Australia's 116-year-old Constitution prohibits people with dual citizenship from being elected.

Ms Kakoschke-Moore has reportedly said that her mother became a British citizen by descent, therefore making the senator also a citizen by descent.

A tearful Kakoschke-Moore said she was "heartbroken" by the news.

"At that time I had no knowledge that Singapore was a colony at the time my mother was born".

"I am therefore a British citizen".

A ninth federal MP has been caught up in the citizenship fiasco and there are legal doubts over the man expected to replace her. She migrated to Australia with her family in 1970.

The British Home Office advice "was extremely surprising to me", she said.

Her mother obtained British citizenship when she was born in Singapore and retained it when Singapore got independence in 1963 because her father was born in the UK.

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The senator's mother was given United Kingdom citizenship because Singapore was still a colony of Britain at the time of her birth.

"My mother was born in Singapore in 1957 to British parents".

'My time as a senator has been the most fulfilling of my life, ' she said.

Mr Xenophon quit federal parliament to run for a seat in the South Australian parliament in the next state election in March and says despite his party's issues at the federal level his bid and the fortunes of his state party, SA Best will not be impacted.

"I have unfinished business as far as I'm concerned in terms of advancing our political agenda", she said.

Nick Xenophon, the party leader who in October survived a court challenge to his eligibility to remain in Parliament due to a form of British citizenship, predicted "many others. will be caught up" by the dual citizen ban when senators' proof of sole Australian citizenship is made public on December 4.

The growing list of former Australian MPs with dual nationalities will be seen by citizenship experts around the world as fresh evidence of the need for cross-border individuals to take such matters seriously, especially when it comes to their childrens' citizenships. The crisis has already cost the Malcolm Turnbull government its majority in the Parliament.

Skye Kakoschke-Moore has resigned from federal parliament after discovering her dual citizenship.

The High Court last month disqualified Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because he had inherited the citizenship of his New Zealand-born father.

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