KATY GALLAGHER LOSES SENATE SPOT OVER DUAL CITIZENSHIP

High Court ruling

KATY GALLAGHER LOSES SENATE SPOT OVER DUAL CITIZENSHIP

By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @SenKatyG/Facebook

Labor’s Katy Gallagher has lost her spot in the Senate over the dual citizenship saga.

It’s after the High Court found she hadn’t made sufficient effort to renounce her British citizenship ahead of the 2016 election.

Ms Gallagher, who’s spent the last 17 years representing the people of Canberra, said while she’s disappointed, she respects the decision.

“I have always acted on the best available legal advice, which at all times, indicated that I satisfied the eligibility requirements under the Constitution,” she said.

“However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome.”

Ms Gallagher apologised to the people of the ACT.

“I’m very sorry that this disruption has occurred to one of your federal representatives,” she said.

“To have my place in the Senate end like this today is very deeply disappointing but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life and I will take the time to talk with Labor Party members on how I can do this over the months ahead.”

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also released a statement expressing his disappointment.

“This is a loss to the Senate, and a loss for Labor. We are a better parliament with Katy in it, and a stronger party with Katy in our caucus,” he said.

“I know this period of uncertainty has been tough for Katy and her family. She has shown great resilience and grace in difficult circumstances.”

The Opposition Leader said Ms Gallagher will definitely stay on in politics.

“Katy is too good to lose from public life – and I know we won’t lose her. Katy has a lot more to contribute to Labor and to Australia.”

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