Border MPs put their Australian status on the table as part of citizenship investigation

Both dinky-di: Cathy McGowan and Sussan Ley have told parliament via documentation they are both Australian citizens.
Both dinky-di: Cathy McGowan and Sussan Ley have told parliament via documentation they are both Australian citizens.

THE Border’s two federal MPs have officially declared their citizenship status, with Nigerian-born Sussan Ley telling parliament she had renounced her British roots.

Ms Ley and Cathy McGowan were asked to register their Australian credentials with parliament due to the citizenship cloud over national politics.

In her declaration, Ms Ley included a letter from the British High Commission stating “you ceased to be a British citizen on 6 June 2001”.

All-Australian: Cathy McGowan pictured with her late parents Marie and Paul, whose Rutherglen and East Melbourne birth status has been declared to parliament.

All-Australian: Cathy McGowan pictured with her late parents Marie and Paul, whose Rutherglen and East Melbourne birth status has been declared to parliament.

Ms Ley was elected in November 2001.

“The only possible dual citizenship I could have is British,” Ms Ley wrote in her form to parliament.

“I renounced this prior to nominating for Parliament.”

Ms Ley stated she could have only been a Nigerian citizen by descent if her parents were and neither of them have been.

Ms McGowan’s parents and both sets of grandparents were all Australian-born with a grandpa born at Rutherglen in 1898 and a grandma at Wodonga in 1888.