8th Aussie law­maker with dual cit­i­zen­ship quits

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

A con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis roil­ing Aus­tralian pol­i­tics claimed a new vic­tim on Tues­day with the res­ig­na­tion of the eighth mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) to be felled by a once-ob­scure rule bar­ring dual cit­i­zens from fed­eral of­fice. The de­par­ture of Jac­qui Lam­bie, a col­or­ful in­de­pen­dent se­na­tor from the is­land state of Tas­ma­nia, comes af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s cen­ter­right gov­ern­ment lost its grip on Par­lia­ment as MPswere top­pled by the cit­i­zen­ship is­sue. Lam­bie an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion in a tear­ful speech, telling MPs she had just learned she held Bri­tish na­tion­al­ity from her Scot­tish grand­fa­ther and fa­ther.—


Aus­tralian Sen. Jac­qui Lam­bie speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Sydney.—

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