High Court hears Malcolm Roberts emailed wrong addresses to renounce dual citizenship

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

"This is critical to the facts because it constitutes conduct to verify whether he was a British national or whether a renunciation of that", Mr Lloyd told the court.

But Senator Roberts remained defiant on Thursday telling the court he always believed he was an Australian citizen, despite being born in India - where he became a Indian and British citizen by descent.

It would be a further 12 years until Roberts would be naturalised, a step he didn't think was necessary, having always considered himself exclusively an Australian citizen.

Senator Roberts is in court facing cross-examination over whether he renounced his British citizenship before contesting a seat in the Australian parliament.

On making sure his nomination form was accurate: "When I sign my name to something I make sure it's correct".

Just before he signed his Senate nomination form on 8 June, he told the court, he allowed a small amount of doubt to spur him into checking his citizenship status with the United Kingdom authorities, sending emails to the consulate for clarification on his status.

His first email, titled "Am I still a British citizen" was sent to a domain ending in.uksydney, the ABC reported. It wasn't going to let it happen again.

Roberts was cross-examined about his citizenship ahead of a full hearing on the matter in October. His spokesman told Guardian Australia the same thing on the same day.

He last month he requested the Senate refer him to the court after revealing he had taken steps to renouce his British citizenship around the time of the 2016 election.

One Nation's leader, Pauline Hanson, declared that "hand on heart" Roberts had been eligible to stand for parliament and she had seen documents that proved it.

He said when he nominated as a candidate, he was sure he was Australian.

Senator Roberts rejected the suggestion that sending an email with the subject line "Am I still a British citizen?" meant he thought he was British at some point.

The Queenslander has long protested against questions about his citizenship, suggesting it was another attack against One Nation.

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.

"On how his family treated him as Australian: "(My father) never once mentioned that I was Indian, never once did he mention that I was British".

The court heard he then asked his sister Barbara Roberts what his nationality was and she told him they had been "stateless".

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