Labor frontbencher Katy Gallagher has denied that she is a citizen of Ecuador as the dual citizenship fiasco continues to roil federal politics.
- Katy Gallagher’s mother was a British citizen, born in Ecuador to British parents
- The 2008 Ecuadorian constitution says anyone born in the country, and their descendants, are citizens
- Senator Gallagher claims this did not apply when her mother was born so she is not, and never has been, an Ecuadorian citizen
The Daily Telegraph has obtained a passenger entry card that shows Senator Gallagher’s mother was born in Ecuador.
The newspaper said Senator Gallagher may have inherited Ecuadorian citizenship from her mother under the South American country’s constitution.
But Senator Gallagher, Labor’s spokeswoman for small business, issued a blunt denial late last night, insisting she is not under a constitutional cloud.
“I am not and had never been an Ecuadorian citizen,” she said.
The senator said the ALP thoroughly investigated her family history before she stood for parliament.
“As part of the ALP vetting process, I disclosed that my mother was a British citizen, born in Ecuador to British parents, who were temporarily working in Ecuador,” she said.
“The circumstances of my mother’s birth and citizenship were investigated. As a result of these investigations it was determined that I had not obtained Ecuadorian citizenship by descent from my mother.”
The 2008 Ecuadorian constitution says anyone born in the country is an Ecuadorian — as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
But Senator Gallagher said the…
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