TEARY LAMBIE TO THE SLAUGHTER
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.