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Canavan to test case

  • Canavan to test caseQueensland Senator, Matt Canavan

National's Deputy latest to fall foul of Section 44

An expert in Italian citizenship says Matt Canavan’s story is “inconceivable”.

The Coalition Senator became the latest MP embroiled in a citizenship scandal after claiming his mother applied for him to become an Italian citizen without his knowledge.

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But the immigration specialist Joe Italiano – told Melbourne radio's Tom Elliott the story doesn’t wash for an adult.

“You’ve got to make a physical appearance and produce certain documents,” Mr Italiano said.

“It’s inconceivable someone else could fill out documents on his behalf.

“It doesn’t make sense to me.”Senator Canavan quit Cabinet on Tuesday after his dual citizenship was revealed.

Section 44 of the constitution requires MPs to have only Australian citizenship.

Greens representatives Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters recently resigned after becoming aware of their dual status.

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