Image for Liberal senator urged to prove eligibility

First published August 9

Liberal senator Eric Abetz is being urged to provide proof he renounced his German citizenship before being elected to federal parliament …

Veteran Liberal senator Eric Abetz is being urged to provide proof he renounced his German citizenship before being elected to the Australian parliament.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson pointed the finger at Senator Abetz in parliament on Wednesday, as he paid tribute to two former colleagues, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, who resigned in July after discovering they were dual citizens.

He called on Senator Abetz to come to the chamber and provide documentation showing exactly when he renounced his German citizenship.

Liberal colleague Ian Macdonald asked the comment be withdrawn given Senator Abetz is absent from parliament this week because of a family illness.

Senate President Stephen Parry has been asked to decide whether the comment should be withdrawn.

Senator Abetz has previously described the claims as “absurd”, insisting they have been comprehensively disproved …

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• Editor’s comment ...

The Senate is a club ...

My guess is that Eric Abetz reads TT and decided that a non-appearance would save him from answering the question on the floor of the Senate ...

He was present the day before for the Monday postal vote in Canberra.

Perhaps Leon Compton (Tasmornings, ABC) would like to fill us in with where he was for yesterday morning’s interview on gay marriage.

The matter has now been referred to the President of the Senate.

The President, Senator Stephen Parry, is another Tasmanian and he owes his job in the Senate and his position as President, to the power of Eric Abetz.

These boys are clever, devious and determined to keep their snouts in the public trough …