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Court to examine senators' citizenship

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August 08, 2017

The government wants a quick resolution to the stoush over Matt Canavan's citizenship.

The Turnbull government will seek to expedite a High Court ruling over the eligibility of Matt Canavan to sit in parliament, arguing the Nationals senator has a strong case.

The Senate on Tuesday voted to refer the stood-down cabinet minister's eligibility to the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, amid revelations he is an Italian citizen and therefore, ineligible to sit as an Australian parliamentarian under the constitution.

Attorney-General George Brandis said the government would work to expedite the hearing.

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