Attorney general tells high court Barnaby Joyce and senators Nash, Canavan and Xenophon shouldn’t lose out for not knowing they held dual nationalities

The attorney general, George Brandis, has attempted to save the political careers of three government MPs by claiming they should not be punished for not knowing they held dual citizenship.

In his submissions to the high court, Brandis argues that the section 44 phrase “is a subject of a citizen … of a foreign power” should only be applied to someone who has “voluntarily obtained or retained” that citizenship.

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