Three days of hearings wrap up with no date given for a ruling, though chief justice notes the need to provide a decision ‘as soon as possible’

Malcolm Roberts’ lawyer has defended his failure to renounce his British citizenship by arguing when his Australian citizenship was recognised in 1974 Britain was not a foreign power and both countries had the same sovereign.

In tense questioning in the court of disputed returns on Thursday, Robert Newlinds was accused of attempting to put a gloss on earlier findings by justice Patrick Keane that Roberts knew of the “real and substantial prospect” that he was British when he nominated for the Senate in 2016.

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