Egyptian embassy funds Labor’s Anne Aly on trip to Cairo

Egyptian embassy funds Labor’s Anne Aly on trip to Cairo, by Joe Kelly.

[Australian] Labor MP Anne Aly accepted more than $3000 in flights — ­including a trip to Cairo in July — from the Egyptian ­embassy, which last week issued a statement clearing her of being a foreign citizen.

The MP, who holds the marginal West Australian seat of Cowan by 0.7 per cent [and does not live in that electorate, but in the wealthier and trendier West Perth near the city and beaches], last Friday produced an unsigned letter from the Egyptian embassy declaring her dual citizenship had been ­relinquished two days after she lodged a request on May 4, 2016.

Fresh questions have emerged over Dr Aly’s citizenship status, with legal experts quizzing ­whether the document confirmed she had satisfied key tests in Egyptian nationality law, specifically article 10, article 16 and article 22. …

The Egyptian embassy picked up the bill for a $2380 return Perth-Cairo airfare last July, allowing Dr Aly to attend an Egyptian Women Abroad conference. …

Dr Aly also received a return economy flight between Perth and Canberra, paid for by the Egyptian embassy, to attend last year’s reception for the 65th anniversary of Egypt’s national day.

Educated in Egypt and a Muslim, and now in the Australian Parliament. Where do her loyalties lie? The voters in her seat of Cowan who wished to vote Labor had no option but to vote for her.