Citizenship scandal: Pauline Hanson's older sister may replace One Nation's Malcolm Roberts

Matt Canavan

An Australian senator has revealed he renounced his United Kingdom citizenship, but it wasn't confirmed until after he was elected.

It wasn't until December 5 that the British High Commission confirmed Senator Roberts had renounced his citizenship, six months after he nominated as a Senate candidate.

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts is confident of surviving a possible legal challenge over his eligibility, insisting he asked for any British citizenship ties to be severed prior to running for parliament.

Roberts is fighting for his career after admitting he did not receive confirmation he had renounced his dual British citizenship until after he nominated himself as a political candidate.

Roberts, from Queensland, was born in India to a Welsh father and Australian mother.

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The One Nation senator says said he wrote to British authorities in June 2016, just days before nominations closed saying he did not believe he was a British citizen, but "just in case I am, I renounce it, effective immediately".

But he said it took months of badgering to get Britain to confirm his status and that did not happen till well after the election.

He previously claimed that he "never held any citizenship other than Australian" but after Buzzfeed discovered historical documents online that show Roberts travelled on a British passport as a small child and is listed on the Register Office's register as a British national born overseas.

Senator Roberts showed the documents supporting his claims to Sky News presenter Paul Murray, but they were not displayed on screen. On Sky, Roberts said he did not want to supply the documents because of what he claimed the "Twitterati" would do. "Stop the harassment. Please find another victim". But if he is found to have been a dual citizen at the time of the election, and is subsequently forced to resign, it is likely that his seat would go to the next person on the One Nation ticket in Queensland - a man called Fraser Anning.

However on Friday, Fairfax reported bankruptcy proceedings have been filed against a William Fraser Anning and Fiona Ruth Anning.

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