Lawyer says the former resources minister’s ‘dual citizenship’ is only conditional and does not arise automatically

Expert evidence suggests that Matthew Canavan was never an Italian citizen, merely eligible to become one, his lawyer has told the court hearing into the federal citizenship fiasco.

The bombshell argument, buried in one paragraph of the senator’s written submissions to the court of disputed returns in Canberra, became the focus of Tuesday afternoon’s hearing after his counsel used an expert report to contradict advice from the Italian consulate in Brisbane that he is registered as an Italian citizen.

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