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Senator Jacqui Lambie awaiting advice over dual citizenship

Senator Jacqui Lambie awaiting advice over dual citizenship

Seven other lawmakers have already been forcibly ejected from parliament or have voluntarily resigned in recent weeks because they were found to be dual citizens, a status that is banned for members of parliament under Australia's constitution in a bid to prevent split allegiances.

The senator told Tasmania Talks radio on Tuesday morning that she would resign after discovering that her father had not renounced his United Kingdom citizenship and it was "quite clear" that it meant she was also Scottish.

Outspoken Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie will resign from the Australian Senate today after confirming she is a dual UK-Australian citizen, because her father was born in Scotland. She confirmed on Tasmanian radio this morning that she will resign today.

She will now resign from the Senate, and will become the eighth MP to be forced out of parliament since the citizenship crisis began in July.

While Senator Lambie said last week she was confident there was no issue with her citizenship, she is now preparing to quit parliament.

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Labor and the Coalition came to an agreement yesterday that would result in politicians being required to disclose their citizenship status to the parliament by December 1, the heritage of their parents and grandparents, and disclose what they have done to renounce any citizenship entitlements.

Lambie joins an illustrious gang of parliament rejects after Former Senate President Stephen Parry, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts, Greens Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and Nick Xenophon fell on their swords over Section 44.

The Independent Senator stressed that if it comes back that she is a dual-citizen, she will resign immediately.

The resolution requires MPs with dual citizenships to provide details and evidence of the date and manner of renunciation. Her seat is likely to go to Devonport Mayor Steve Martin (probably not the actor?).

When questions were raised over her family history last week, the Senator said: "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".