Jacqui Lambie to quit Senate owing to dual citizenship


Senator Lambie had promised to resign if she found she held United Kingdom citizenship, amid mounting pressure in the Senate on Monday.

Lambie has confirmed she inherited British citizenship from her Scottish-born father and it was "quite clear" she was ineligible to remain in parliament, she said in a radio interview. However she is awaiting confirmation from British Authorities.

While some political insiders remain unsure how the replacement processes in Tasmania will ultimately play out, the ABC's election expert Antony Green, told Guardian Australia on Tuesday if both Parry and Lambie were knocked out "there is no question over Nick McKim's position".

Unlike other dual citizens who have failed their constitutional requirements under Section 44 of the Constitution, Senator Lambie may not be replaced by those beneath her on her 2016 election ticket.

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The senator asked the UK Home Office for clarification of her status yesterday.

The colourful senator entered parliament after the 2013 election representing Clive Palmer's now defunct party, before quitting to sit as an independent the following year.

Turns out the wee girl is a Scot thanks to her dad being born in Scotland before emigrating to Tasmania as a young boy.

"I'm happy to put on record that I'm satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from, in the case of my father, as an infant", she said in a media statement. If it is black and white there is no need to take it to the High Court, as simple as that, ' Senator Lambie told The Mercury newspaper.

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"I'd certainly have a good look at it. you can't keep a bloody Lambie down", she said.

Government backbencher John Alexander resigned on the weekend because he is a dual UK-Australian citizen, but he'll contest a by-election for his old seat of Bennelong on December 16.

It's understood the deal was negotiated between cabinet minister Mathias Cormann and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

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