Malcolm Roberts’ Dual Dilemma

Malcolm Roberts’ Dual Dilemma

By Nicholas Everard

Malcolm Roberts, 62, is a Queensland Senator for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party and the latest parliamentarian to join the long list of Australian politicians embroiled in the dual citizenship debacle.

With the High Court handing down their findings, confirming Senator Roberts holds dual citizenship with the United Kingdom, many Australians are now asking how it is possible for our leaders to get it so wrong.

Elected into the Senate in 2016, Mr Roberts assumed his past as a British citizen was well behind him.

Born in India to a Welsh father and Australian mother, Mr Roberts said his sister completed an Australian citizenship form when he was 19-years old, and that he was unaware that the document processed his request without renouncing his British citizenship.

A failed trip down memory lane

In the months leading up to the 2016 election, Senator Roberts said he made a great effort to research his roots and to explicitly define his citizenship.

Sending off multiple emails to the same address seeking information on his citizenship, Senator Roberts aimed to confirm his current citizenship stance.

Writing to an e-mail address ending in .uksydney, Senator Roberts failed to receive any response.

A Tail of Two Nations

According to the High Court, the e-mail address that Senator Roberts was trying to contact for citizenship clarification was non-existent and had been out of order for 6 years.

Justice Patrick Keane believes the e-mail address was clearly illegitimate, dispelling Senator Roberts claims that he did all he could to clear his citizenship doubts.

The complete list of findings also confirmed Senator Roberts should have known the document he signed in his late teens did not dispel his British citizenship, and that he could have easily discovered the correct information via a swift google search.

 

What does Pauline say?

Speaking to media last week, One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson was quick to comment on the High Court’s proceedings.

According to experts, Senator Roberts may soon be stripped of his title. If his election is deemed invalid, it may be a clear reflection of the poor effort he displayed in renouncing his citizenship.

As it is stands, Senator Roberts’ fate is unknown with a party decision expected this week.

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