Skye Kakoschke-Moore: NXT senator resigns over dual citizenship

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2017

The Nick Xenophon Team senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore will resign from the Senate because she is a dual British citizenship by descent through her mother. I am heartbroken by this news.

She said she had discovered that she was entitled to dual citizenship with Britain late last week via her mother, who was born in Singapore before the country gained independence, and she was informed by the UK Home Office that this meant she was entitled to citizenship.

Kakoschke-Moore explained that her mother was born in Singapore, a former British colony, which gave her "citizenship of the United Kingdom and colonies" and became a British citizen in 1983 when the British Nationality Act came into effect.

"As a 12-year-old while I was living in Oman, my father made inquiries with the British embassy there to determine whether I was eligible for a British passport", she said.

The announcement comes just weeks before all parliamentarians will be forced to provide their citizenship paperwork under a disclosure scheme announced by the Turnbull government earlier this month.

"My time as a senator has been the most fulfilling of my life", Ms Kakoschke-Moore said, fighting back tears.

The High Court's ruling in October stressed that any person nominating for federal parliament must be compliant with Section 44 of the Constitution before the closing date for nominations.

Senator Kakoschke-Moore's fellow NXT member Rebekha Sharkie is also facing citizenship questions.

"I am therefore a British citizen".

Ms Sharkie said she had spoken to Malcolm Turnbull about the matter and in that conversation he had told her she may have to refer herself to the High Court.

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