EIGHTH LAW­MAKER RE­SIGNS OVER DUAL CIT­I­ZEN­SHIP

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

A con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis roil­ing Aus­tralian pol­i­tics claimed a new vic­tim with the res­ig­na­tion of the eighth law­maker to be felled by a once-ob­scure rule bar­ring dual cit­i­zens from fed­eral of­fice. The de­par­ture of Jac­qui Lam­bie comes af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s cen­ter-right gov­ern­ment lost its grip on par­lia­ment as MPs were 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. The cit­i­zen­ship cri­sis came to a head on Oc­to­ber 27 when the High Court reaf­firmed a pro­vi­sion in the coun­try’s 1901 con­sti­tu­tion that for­bids dual cit­i­zens from serv­ing in fed­eral par­lia­ment.

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