Se­nate in rous­ing send-off for Lam­bie

The Australian - - THE NATION - ROSIE LEWIS

Jacqui Lam­bie has been a thorn in the govern­ment’s side since ar­riv­ing in Canberra as a fresh-faced Palmer United Party sen­a­tor in 2014.

But all leg­isla­tive bat­tles were for­given yes­ter­day as the Tas­ma­nian an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion from her $200,000-a-year job, af­ter con­firm­ing she was a Bri­tish dual cit­i­zen by de­scent of her Scot­tish-born fa­ther, Thomas.

The eighth per­son to be forced out of par­lia­ment for be­ing a dual na­tional was given an emo­tional send-off by Se­nate col­leagues.

Ms Lam­bie, who was outed as a pos­si­ble Bri­tish cit­i­zen by The Aus­tralian last week, said she was led to “dou­ble check” her ancestry with the UK Home Of­fice fol­low­ing for­mer Se­nate pres­i­dent Stephen Parry’s rev­e­la­tion he was a Bri­tish cit­i­zen by de­scent.

The Jacqui Lam­bie Net­work leader yes­ter­day said she would make an­other tilt at a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and is con­sid­er­ing a run against La­bor MP Jus­tine Keay — who is also un­der a cit­i­zen­ship cloud and could face a by-elec­tion — in the mar­ginal Tas­ma­nian seat of Brad­don.

“I re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion this morn­ing that my grand­fa­ther hadn’t in fact re­nounced (his Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship). This makes my dad a Brit and, by de­scent, it makes me one too,” Ms Lam­bie told the Se­nate. “I love my fa­ther to death and I do not blame him for this.”

A pro­ces­sion of se­na­tors from across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide lined up to hug the emo­tional Ms Lam­bie, thank­ing her for rep­re­sent­ing the bat­tler as a sin­gle mother of two sons and say­ing what she meant.

“You have be­come one of the best-known and one of the best­liked peo­ple in this coun­try since you joined the Se­nate and the Se­nate is a bet­ter place, a much richer place, for you hav­ing served among us,” At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis said.

Jacqui Lam­bie gets a hug from Penny Wong yes­ter­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.