TEARY LAM­BIE TO THE SLAUGH­TER

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ROB HARRIS

A TEARY Jac­qui Lam­bie has told her fa­ther that he’s not to blame af­ter she be­came the eighth par­lia­men­tar­ian brought down by the dual cit­i­zen­ship cri­sis.

The Tas­ma­nian broke down in the Se­nate as she an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion yes­ter­day af­ter con­fir­ma­tion that she held UK cit­i­zen­ship by de­scent.

She said she phoned her fa­ther, Tom — who mi­grated from Scot­land as a child — to in­form him, a few hours be­fore in­form­ing the Se­nate.

“I love my fa­ther to death … He has done noth­ing for which to apol­o­gise and he has been my strong­est sup­porter, my loud­est cheer squad and my clos­est ad­viser,” she said.

She said she had worked hard to be a voice for veter­ans, pen­sion­ers and wel­fare re­cip­i­ents.

Ms Lam­bie en­tered the Se­nate in 2013, for Clive Palmer’s now de­funct party, be­fore quit­ting it to sit as an in­de­pen­dent in 2014 and win­ning a new six-year term last year. Her case will now go to the High Court to de­cide on the se­lec­tion of her re­place­ment — likely to be her run­ning mate Steve Martin, who is now the Devon­port mayor.

Ms Lam­bie told ABC Ra­dio she would have “a good look” at con­test­ing the Tas­ma­nian fed­eral seat of Brad­don, were La­bor MP Jus­tine Keay forced in to a by-elec­tion due to her own cit­i­zen­ship prob­lems.

Queens­land La­bor MP Su­san Lamb, sin­gled out by the Gov­ern­ment as pos­si­bly be­ing in­el­i­gi­ble be­cause of her fa­ther’s UK her­itage, yes­ter­day pro­duced Home Of­fice cor­re­spon­dence, dated Au­gust 10 last year, which said it was doubt­ful she was a Bri­tish cit­i­zen.

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