Devonport Mayor Steve Martin is set to be parachuted into the Senate if dual citizenship forces Senator Jacqui Lambie to quit.
Senator Lambie maintains her citizenship is in order, despite her father being born in Scotland.
She is refusing to release relevant documents until there is a citizenship audit covering all MPs.
Alderman Martin was second on the Jacqui Lambie Network ticket in last year’s election.
Despite his strong polling at council level, he bombed, picking up just 233 first preference votes, compared to Senator Lambie’s 11,463.
Elections expert Kevin Bonham expected Alderman Martin would get the seat if Senator Lambie turned out to have been a dual citizen.
If that was the case, Dr Bonham said, it would be most likely she would be referred to the High Court and there would be a special countback of the 2016 votes with Senator Lambie removed from the count.
If that happened, he said Alderman Martin would definitely be elected.
Alderman Martin said he would wait to see what happened before he thought about the Senate.
“It would be a family decision,” he said.
“It’s a big change.
“It’s getting on to 18 months since the campaign; a lot of water’s gone under the bridge.
“I’ve got stuff to do for Devonport and that’s where my head is.”
He said he would have no dual citizenship issue and both his parents were born in Tasmania.
Senator Lambie’s father came to Australia as a child and is understood to have become an Australian citizen in 2006.
Senator Lambie refused to answer questions on Thursday, including:
- Did (your father, in 2006 or later) renounce his British citizenship?
- was he a dual citizen as of election day last year?
- have you ever renounced British citizenship?
- were you a British citizen as at election day last year?
- do you have documentary proof of your father renouncing British citizenship?
- do you have documentary proof of yourself renouncing British citizenship?
- if yes to one or both of those ... would you please show … the documents?
She told the Tasmania Talks radio show documents showed her grandfather and father had renounced British citizenship and she would resign if they did not prove she was not a dual citizen.
A spokesperson said: “The answers to your questions will become clear if the parliament requires Senator Lambie to produce her documents.”