Senate in rousing send-off for Lambie
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