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