Brand MHR clarifies citizenship status on Bill Shorten’s visit to Kwinana


Brand MHR Madeleine King, Nancy Brandhoff, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Sherri Bothma and Ash Towns during Mr Shorten’s visit to Kwinana recently.
Brand MHR Madeleine King, Nancy Brandhoff, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Sherri Bothma and Ash Towns during Mr Shorten’s visit to Kwinana recently.

BRAND MHR Madeleine King set the record straight regarding her citizenship during a recent meet-and-greet tour of the Kwinana Hub Shopping Centre with Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Mrs King said her mother was born in Subiaco, although her father was British.

“He had been in India and came to Fremantle in the 1950s,” she said.

“He met mum, they got married and he worked at the BP Kwinana Refinery.”

“He never renounced his citizenship and why should he? Only those going into politics should. I don’t want to drag him into this as he was a good man.”

“I was born in Calista at the Kwinana Maternity Hospital.”

She said she renounced her British citizenship on May 19, 2016.

“It was a little sad as it felt like giving up my ties to my dad, but really I wasn’t.”

“The paperwork went out months earlier than the 19th, but that date is when I received official notification of it.”

Mr Shorten said the visit had been positive.

“I used to come to Kwinana a lot in my union days,” he said.

“It’s these areas that we want to support, our strong seats along with our marginal ones.”

Mrs King said the visit reflected economic signs she had seen.

“It’s great to have Bill here, he knows what Kwinana means to the WA economy,” she said.

“It was a good positive reaction.”

“The economy’s on a bit of an upward trend.

“I sense that.”

“The local economy is what counts to me.”