Three Labor MPs, Rebekha Sharkie resign to fight byelections

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Several Australian lawmakers have been forced from office since the High Court upheld the constitutional ban on dual nationals sitting in Parliament in a ruling last October.

"Consequently, I will resign from the Australian Parliament today and seek re-election at the forthcoming by-election, which I believe the earliest can be the 16th of June and I would hope it would be that date".

The latest resignations amid the citizenship saga, along with the departure of Labor MP Tim Hammond for family reasons, have prompted five by-elections in Queensland, WA, and Tasmania.

Josh Wilson, who won the safe Labor seat of Fremantle in 2016, has also resigned because of the High Court's Gallagher decision.

"Based on the recent High Court judgement, I will now take urgent legal advice", Sharkie said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

Section 44 (i) of Australia's constitution bars "citizens of a foreign power" from serving in parliament, including dual citizens, or those entitled to dual citizenship.

Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been ruled ineligible to sit in parliament by the High Court on Wednesday.

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While Wilson, Keay and Sharkie subsequently had their British citizenship revoked, Lamb remains a dual citizen because United Kingdom authorities insist she supply her parents' marriage certificate - her father has died and she is estranged from her mother - before her revocation can be processed, which makes it unclear how she can recontest her seat.

Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken the hard line, stating that the decision was a "crisp and crystal clear clarification of the law", and called for the MPs resignation today.

However, because the UK Home Office did not register that she was no longer a citizen until after the election, the court ruled that she was disqualified.

Like Ms Gallagher, who was born in Ecuador to British parents, the four had begun applying to British authorities to renounce their citizenship but the process was not completed before the election.

Sharkie is from the Centre Alliance, formerly the Nick Xenophon Team, the fortunes of which have collapsed.

The procedure to renounce British citizenship was simple and the requirements not onerous.

But opposition leader Bill Shorten said the High Court had set a new precedent on Wednesday.

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