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Statement on citizenship

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 3 Aug 2017

 "In 1968 I was born in Singapore. My parents were there while my father was serving with the RAAF as part of the Australia’s Vietnam War efforts.

 

“Under Singapore law I could not have become a citizen of Singapore by birth unless one of my parents was also an existing Singapore citizen. Singapore also does not allow dual citizenships for adults.

 

“There is no circumstance under which I could have inadvertently become a citizen of Singapore.

 

“Today I have released a document from the Singapore High Commission showing that I am not a citizen of Singapore.

 

“Since the resignations from the Senate of Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters a number of MPs have taken steps to clarify their status. The Greens want there to be a full audit of the status of members and senators.

 

“I am calling on all members and senators to release their documents to ease public concerns.

 

“There are still questions around the eligibility of Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz at the time he was first elected. I understand that he has never publicly released documents showing he took all reasonable steps to relinquish his German citizenship.

 

"Accusations that Senator Abetz may have sat wrongly in the Australian Senate for up to 16 years need to be cleared up.

 

"Given the significant public interest in this issue it is high time Senator Abetz proves he has nothing to hide and publicly releases documentation to put himself beyond doubt - as all members of the Australian parliament should be."

Statement from High Commission of Singapore
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