Is @luke_hartsuyker eligible to sit in parliament due to citizenship issues? Questions need answering. #cowper #auspol

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14 August 2017

The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MHR,
Member for Cowper,
By email:

Eligibility to contest election and sit in parliament

Mr Hartsuyker,

With the recent public interest in the eligibility of members of parliament due to citizenship of other countries and your particular situation, it is appropriate to formally ask you to confirm your past and present status and eligibility.

You stated in parliament you are the “son of a Dutch migrant” (Source: Hansard) and your late mother “is, was Australian, and as such there are no citizenship implications for me” (Source: NBN News).

Your assertion that the Australian citizenship of your late mother negates any eligibility issue appears, on the face of it, at odds with an official document of the Netherlands Embassy in Australia which states: “The child of a Dutch father acquires… Dutch citizenship at birth. It is irrelevant where the child is born or whether the child acquires other citizenships at birth”. (Source: Netherlands Embassy, Australia)

Given the complexities of the issue, your family heritage and to remove any doubt, I urge you to make a detailed statement on the matter and release any (and all) related documentation to support your position.

Such a statement should answer three key questions:

  1. What is the basis for your assertion on NBN News on 27 July 2017 concerning your eligibility? Can you provide any documentation to support your assertion? If yes, please provide all details and all related documentation.
  2. As you obtained Dutch citizenship at birth, when did you renounce it or under which circumstances did you lose it and when? Please provide all details and all related documentation.
  3. Have you had any formal correspondence with the Netherlands Government prior to or since entering parliament in 2001 concerning your citizenship of the Netherlands through birth? If yes, please provide all details and all related documentation between you, your representatives and the Dutch Government and or their representatives.

The questions are based on the evidence presented in the following documents:

With parliament sitting this week, it would be prudent for you make a statement to the house on the matter and to table any relevant documents. Irrespective of whether there is an issue with your eligibility or everything is in order, I appreciate your time in responding to this matter. I look forward to receiving your response and seeing it placed on the public record.

Thank you.

President, Bellinger River Branch


Document #1: First speech to Parliament

Document #2: Netherlands Government website

Document #3: Netherlands Government Australia Q&A document

Document #4: NSW Government Births, Deaths and Marriages Register Record


Document #5.1: Australian Government – Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection

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Document #5.2: Australian Government – Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection

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Document #6: (commercial service) – 31 July 2017Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 8.02.34 pm.png

Document #7: NBN News Story from 27 July 2017

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