Departing Labor MPs victims of stricter High Court interpretation: Plibersek

Katy Gallagher has been ruled ineligible for parliament

The fifth MP, Rebekha Sharkie, is part of minor party Centre Alliance.

But a firmer grip on power could be short-lived, with Australia facing a general election within a year and potentially as early as August.

WA is also facing a federal byelection in Perth after sitting MP Tim Hammond quit for family reasons and a state byelection in Darling Range after its MP for the seat, Barry Urban, quit following a damning parliamentary report which found he lied to parliament.

The ruling prompted four lawmakers in the lower House of Representatives, including three members of the Labor Party and an independent, to resign due to similar circumstances.

Mr Joyce who has his own dual citizenship issues and survived a by-election in his seat of New England after a High Court ruling slammed Mr Shorten and Labor as "complete and utter hypocrites".

Senator Katy Gallagher was ruled ineligible today (09) by a court in what was widely viewed as a fresh test case.

The country's 117-year-old constitutional ban on dual citizens seeking public office has led to drawn-out legal wrangles and already forced nine lawmakers to resign.

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"If Labor was to lose that, it'd be a huge fillip for Turnbull", Economou said.

Gallagher had referred herself to the court in 2017 after questions emerged over whether she had renounced her British citizenship in time to run for office.

Mr Shorten said he was "deeply disappointed for Katy Gallagher". Shorten said Labor would now consider the implications of the decision.

At a media conference, Ms Sharkie confirmed she would stand again as a Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon Team) candidate, denying speculation she meant to switch to the Liberals.

Ms Gallagher, who was born in Ecuador to British parents and was conferred British citizenship, filed paperwork and paid processing fees to renounce it more than two months before being elected in July 2016.

As a senator, Gallagher's disqualification does not trigger a byelection - she is set to be replaced on a recount by the next person on the ALP ticket, David Smith. "However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome", she said.

The procedure to renounce British citizenship was simple and the requirements not onerous.

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