Lud­lam out over cit­i­zen­ship er­ror

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

THE po­lit­i­cal ca­reer of Greens sen­a­tor Scott Lud­lam is over af­ter the rev­e­la­tion he was im­prop­erly elected more than a decade ago.

The party’s co- deputy leader re­cently dis­cov­ered he holds dual cit­i­zen­ship with New Zealand. Un­der sec­tion 44 of the con­sti­tu­tion, that makes him in­el­i­gi­ble to hold of­fice.

Sen­a­tor Lud­lam la­belled it a “ridicu­lous over­sight”. “I apol­o­gise un­re­servedly for this mis­take,” he said yes­ter­day.

“This was my er­ror, some­thing I should have checked when I first nom­i­nated for pre­s­e­lec­tion in 2006.”

In­stead of go­ing through pro­tracted le­gal pro­ceed­ings, he re­signed as a sen­a­tor for Western Aus­tralia and codeputy leader of the Greens.

Sen­a­tor Lud­lam was born in Palmer­ston North in New Zealand and left the coun­try with his fam­ily when he was three.

He set­tled in Aus­tralia not long be­fore his ninth birth­day, be­fore be­ing nat­u­ralised when he was in his mid- teens.

“( I) as­sumed that was the end of my New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship,” he said. “It is en­tirely my re­spon­si­bil­ity – it wasn’t the way I was hop­ing to go out.”

Univer­sity stu­dent Jor­don Steele- John has been touted the fron­trun­ner to take the va­cant Se­nate seat.

Mr Steele- John, who has cere­bral palsy, had to give up his Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship to run for par­lia­ment in 2013.

MOV­ING ON: Greens Sen­a­tor Scott Lud­lam an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion at WA Par­lia­ment House yes­ter­day.

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