A constitutional crisis blighting Australian politics resurfaced Wednesday (May 9) with a string of forced resignations among opposition Labor party MPs, handing the government hope of boosting its slim parliamentary majority. Australia’s citizenship crisis has forced several opposition MPs to resign, giving PM Turnbull’s government hope of boosting its slim majority AFP/Ludovic MARIN The High Court in Canberra ruled upper house senator Katy Gallagher ineligible to hold her seat as she had not renounced her British citizenship prior to the last election in 2016. The decision triggered the resignation of three more opposition parliamentarians and a member of the minority Centre Alliance party, who all believed the court ruling would also apply to their circumstances. The four MPs all sit in the lower house of parliament, forcing by-elections in their constituencies. “In good faith, our candidates and the Labor party and I have relied on advice that’s been the same advice for over 20 years,” embattled opposition leader Bill Shorten told reporters in Canberra. “But the High Court has looked at the facts in Senator Gallagher’s matter, they have developed a new test, a stricter test, and we have accepted that.” Adding to Labor’s woes, another MP quit due to… Read full this story
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