Turnbull announces plan to have MPs declare citizenship status after election

Federal MP Kevin Andrews says there is 'deep frustration' in regards to the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull

The One Nation leader, whose party shares the balance of power in the Senate, made the demand shortly after the prime minister said he wanted Labor to support his plan for MPs to declare they are not a citizen of another country.

It comes amid a dual citizenship saga, which has led to six politicians losing their office.

"That is not part of the Australian way", Turnbull told reporters on Monday how his proposal would put the onus on the accuser rather than the members who are accused of being dual citizens.

Unveiling the plan in Canberra on Monday, Turnbull acknowledged the public's "legitimate concern" that there is a lack of transparency over whether parliamentarians retain foreign citizenship, but said the cabinet had opted for this transparency measure instead of an audit. They would have 21 days from being elected to provide information about their country of birth, their parents' birthplace and citizenship.

Last week, the Australian High Court found five parliamentarians were illegally elected a year ago, including the country's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, whose ineligibility has put the coalition government's one-seat majority in the Lower House under threat.

"The obligation is on each member and each senator to make a full disclosure", he said.

"Until this matter is resolved I think that it's going to be an ongoing circus and governments and countries can't afford to have an ongoing circus of this type", he told 2GB.

Over the last month, the Prime Minister of Australia had to deal with major disarray due to a High Court ruling.

However, Malcolm Turnbull said it was a decision that should be left to the high court.

The prime minister's about-turn came as Tony Abbott called for the dual citizenship "circus" to end.

The plan will need to be voted on in both the upper and lower houses in Australia's parliament, before coming into force.

The Australian Constitution bars foreign nationals from sitting in the parliament. This way, they avoid allegiances that may damage the country.

They must disclose their date and place of birth as well as those details for their parents.

They must provide evidence of citizenship renunciation.

"If a member, for example, were to make a statement here [that was] incorrect or false than they would be committing ... a serious breach of privilege".

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