Australian minister quits after Mum tells him he might be Italian

An Australian government minister has quit the cabinet because his mother told him he might be Italian - and therefore ineligible to be an MP.

Resources minister Matt Canavan’s shock announcement followed the recent resignations of two senators who discovered days apart that they had technically never been elected because they are dual citizens.

Australia’s constitution states that a "citizen of a foreign power" is not eligible to be elected to parliament.

Mr Canavan said his mother contacted him last week with news that he might be Italian after publicity surrounding the resignations of the minor Greens party’s co-deputy leaders Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters.

Mr Canavan’s predicament is embarrassing for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had ridiculed the Greens over their bungled screening of ineligible candidates, and could force a cabinet reshuffle.

More on this topic

More in this Section

Magnetic ‘compass’ discovered in the human brain

Speaker thwarts third vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal without ‘substantial’ changes

Adulthood begins at 30, brain scientists say

Media unfairly blaming me for Christchurch mosque attacks, Donald Trump says


Lifestyle

Video: This is how you can master Marie Kondo’s ‘life-changing’ method of tidying up

Cookbook review: The Flexible Pescatarian by Jo Pratt

How to make your garden a plastic-free zone

4 things you need to know about matcha, the form of green tea that’s getting a lot of buzz

More From The Irish Examiner