Australia loses 8th legislator
Canberra, Australia — An independent Australian senator who is British by descent yesterday became the eighth lawmaker to leave Parliament in recent months over a 116-yearold constitutional ban on dual nationals running for office that threatens to bring down the government.
Jacqui Lambie tearfully resigned a day after the Senate set a Dec 1 deadline for Australia-born senators to provide documented evidence that they had not inherited the citizenship of an immigrant parent or grandparent.
Lambie said the British Home Office advised her yesterday that her Scottish-born grandfather had not renounced his citizenship after migrating to Australia, making her and her father British. – AP