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One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts says he "fully investigated" whether he was eligible to hold the position of a Senator. "I do not own, a 7-11," Roberts said in his clarification that he is not Indian.
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20 Jul 2017 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 11 Aug 2017 - 4:16 PM

Over the last few days, two senate seats have fallen vacant over the dual citizenship of Australian senators.

The first to go was Greens Senator from Western Australia, Scott Ludlam after it was found out he was still a New Zealand citizen, therefore ineligible to hold a senate seat.

This week, another Greens senator was forced to relinquish her Senate seat following a disclosure that Queensland Senator Larissa Waters was still a Canadian citizen despite having moved to Australia with her parents when she was just 11 months old.

There are over 20 members of parliament and senators who were born overseas. Many of them have clarified that they don’t hold a foreign citizenship.

Among them, One Nation senator from Queensland, Malcolm Roberts who was born in India in 1955.

After the Greens senators’ exit from the Senate, Senator Roberts tweeted a clarification about his citizenship.

Senator Roberts said before agreeing to contest the senate election as One Nation candidate, he investigated whether he was eligible to hold a senate seat.

“In 2014, I contacted the Indian authorities and that confirmed that I am not an Indian citizen.

“I am a citizen only of Australia and therefore eligible to hold the position as Senator in Australian Parliament,” he said.

He followed up his statement with another tweet.

Labor MP Tim Watts jumped in to remind him that if the Senator was alluding to Murriah Muralitharan, he is a Sri Lankan.

While some on Twitter, including journalists, asked the One Nation senator to make the paperwork public showing his inquiries from the Indian authorities, he seems to be in the clear on the dual citizenship issue as India doesn’t allow dual citizenship. But his 7-Eleven tweet has sparked allegations of racism against him. 

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