Dual cit­i­zen­ship: An­other law­maker re­signs

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Aus­tralian in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie has be­come the eighth law­maker to re­sign over dual cit­i­zen­ship.

In a tear­ful speech, she told the Se­nate she had re­cently learned she held Bri­tish na­tion­al­ity through her fa­ther and grand­fa­ther.

The con­sti­tu­tion says MPs must be cit­i­zens of Aus­tralia only. Politi­cians found to have dual cit­i­zen­ship have in­cluded the Deputy PM Barn­aby Joyce.

The is­sue has put the cen­tre-right gov­ern­ment in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s Lib­eral Party has al­ready lost its ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, and a re­cent opin­ion poll showed his pop­u­lar­ity at a new low.

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