As the citizenship saga continues to unfold in Canberra, questions have again been raised regarding Barker MP Tony Pasin’s status.
The Sydney Morning Herald today reported a Labor strategist was targeting five Liberal MPs about whom "compelling" doubts had been raised: Nola Marino, Julia Banks, Alex Hawke, Tony Pasin and Ann Sudmalis.
In a statement issued by Mr Pasin today, the federal MP said he was an Australian citizen, “and only an Australian citizen”.
“The Prime Minister has announced a process to ensure full transparency regarding the citizenship status of all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate,” the statement ead.
“In the meantime, in order to avoid further speculation I wish to outline my citizenship status.
“Both my parents were born in Italy before migrating to Australia in in early 1960s.
“They both went on to become Australian citizens and at that time ceased to be Italian citizens. This occurred before my birth.
“As such I have never been entitled to hold Italian citizenship.
“I am an Australian citizen and only an Australian citizen.
“Furthermore, as set out in the recent High Court decision, Italian citizenship for those born outside Italy can only be obtained through taking positive action.
“I have never sought to obtain Italian citizenship because I know I have never been entitled to it.”