Josh Frydenberg, pictured with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, may be a dual citizen. Picture: Kym Smith
Josh Frydenberg, pictured with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, may be a dual citizen. Picture: Kym Smith

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FEDERAL Cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg is said to be desperately seeking information on whether or not he is a Hungarian dual citizen.

The Australian reports that the Environment and Energy Minister has hired a consultant in Budapest to see if he is a Hungarian citizen by virtue of his mother.

 

Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg and PM Malcolm Turnbull. Picture: Kym Smith
Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg and PM Malcolm Turnbull. Picture: Kym Smith

Mr Frydenberg's mother, Erica, was born in the central European nation in 1943 and fled with her family during the Holocaust.

In a bid to account for Jews who found themselves stateless during WWII, Hungarian citizenship law states any person born in Hungary between 1941 and 1945 automatically becomes a citizen.

A child of a Hungarian citizen becomes a Hungarian citizen upon their birth.

Mr Frydenberg has not applied for Hungarian citizenship and is unsure if his mother is a citizen.

He told The Australian he did not believe he was a dual citizen.

"As someone who was born in Australia with Hungarian ancestors who arrived in Australia after the Holocaust, I would be required to initiate and undertake a lengthy and formal application and interview procedure in order to be considered a Hungarian citizen," Mr Frydenberg said. "Neither I nor anyone on my behalf has ever made such an application or ­engaged in such a procedure."

It comes as Senate President Stephen Parry resigned this week after saying he may be a British dual citizen.

Five federal MPs, including government ministers Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash, have been disqualified from sitting in Parliament due to their dual citizenship status.

Deputy PM and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce and Senator Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of The Nationals, have both been forced out of Parliament. Picture: Kym Smith
Deputy PM and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce and Senator Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of The Nationals, have both been forced out of Parliament. Picture: Kym Smith

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