Jac­qui Lam­bie ‘gut­ted’ as Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship forces her out of Se­nate be­cause her dad was Scot­tish

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Tas­ma­nian sen­a­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie broke down in a ra­dio in­ter­view this morn­ing as she con­firmed she will re­sign over her Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship, telling lis­ten­ers she was “gut­ted” and had al­ways thought she was “Aus­tralian as they bloody come”.

Her fa­ther was born in Scot­land, which means she is en­ti­tled to Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship by de­scent. Sen­a­tor Lam­bie had pre­vi­ously re­leased a state­ment say­ing she was sat­is­fied her par­ents were both Aus­tralian cit­i­zens.

“I will be re­sign­ing from the Se­nate, it’s been made quite clear that be­cause of my fa­ther I am also Scot­tish,” she told a Launce­s­ton ra­dio sta­tion this morn­ing. Sen­a­tor Lam­bie said she re­alised she may have had a prob­lem while go­ing back over her fa­ther’s his­tory fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Stephen Parry from the Se­nate.

“When Stephen Parry came out and men­tioned a boat and a date, I’m ob­vi­ously do­ing my au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,

”I didn’t see it on my side … My dad said ‘you’re as Aus­tralian as they bloody come’,” she said. Jac­qui Lam­bie Tas­ma­nian sen­ato

I’ve gone back over Dad’s stuff and straight away I just thought ‘oh my God’,” she said.

The sen­a­tor asked the UK Home Of­fice for clar­i­fi­ca­tion of her sta­tus yes­ter­day and said the con­fir­ma­tion came back early this morn­ing.

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie said although she had al­ways known her fa­ther was born in Scot­land, she never ques­tioned his as­sur­ances that she was not a dual cit­i­zen un­til other fed­eral politi­cians be­gan to fall.

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