Sen­a­tor Lam­bie re­signs

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HIGH-PRO­FILE Tas­ma­nian Sen­a­tor Jacqui Lam­bie has quit fed­eral Par­lia­ment af­ter con­firm­ing she is a dual cit­i­zen.

“I didn’t think I ac­tu­ally had a prob­lem with it, so I never gave it a sec­ond thought,” she told LAFM ra­dio in Launceston yes­ter­day of her new­ly­con­firmed sta­tus as a UK cit­i­zen­ship by de­scent.

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie submitted her let­ter of res­ig­na­tion shortly be­fore ques­tion time yes­ter­day.

The sen­a­tor, elected ini­tially to par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of the now-de­funct Palmer United Party in 2013 and sub­se­quently as an in­de­pen­dent in 2016, is the daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter of Scot­tish cit­i­zens.

“I love my fa­ther to death and hope to not blame him for this,” she told par­lia­ment.

“He has done noth­ing for which to apol­o­gise and he has been my strong­est sup­porter, my loud­est cheer squad and my clos­est ad­viser.”

The in­dige­nous-iden­ti­fy­ing cross­bencher has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed pride in her Scot­tish her­itage but in­sisted she was not a dual cit­i­zen.

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie in­di­cated a re­turn to pol­i­tics might be on the agenda, but didn’t spec­ify whether that would be at a fed­eral level.

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie’s re­place­ment in the Up­per House will be de­ter­mined by the High Court. Steve Martin was next on the Jacqui Lam­bie Net­work Se­nate ticket at the 2016 elec­tion, but there are doubts about his el­i­gi­bil­ity to sit in par­lia­ment.

The Cupid's Undie Run is com­ing to Gee­long next year.

Jacqui Lam­bie yes­ter­day

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