One Nation Senator off to court over citizenship questions

One Nation Senator off to court over citizenship questions”

But the Queensland senator has no recollection of signing the document and suspects his father would have told him, "Here, sign this".

"I certainly would have asked, and this is all speculation, 'What is this about because I'm already Australian?' but I can't recall any of that", Senator Roberts said on Thursday.

Senator Roberts is being grilled by the court in Brisbane after being caught out by the constitutional rule that prevents federal politicians holding dual citizenship.

Roberts was born in India in 1955 to a Welsh father and Australian mother but has argued he was only ever Australian.

He is due to appear at the High Court in Brisbane on Thursday, where he will be cross-examined by government lawyers about his knowledge and "state of mind" in relation to his United Kingdom citizenship.

Last week, his lawyers also told the court they meant to challenge expert legal advice the Commonwealth had received from a British barrister about Senator Roberts.

Senator Roberts will be cross-examined on exactly what steps he took to alert British authorities that he wanted to surrender his United Kingdom allegiances, and whether he did it before formally nominating for the election.

The deputy PM has become one of the front runner candidates amidst the citizenship saga.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts twice accidentally sent emails questioning whether he was considered a British citizen to inactive email addresses, the High Court has heard.

The court heard the second email went to an old address that had been inactive for six years, and after receiving no response to that email, he sent a third, this time to the correct address.

Their argument was that his attempts to email the British Home Office to notify them he meant to renounce his citizenship was enough.

The court heard Roberts said he found the email addresses "from his research on the internet".

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