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szdaily -> World
Aussie parliament loses 8th legislator in citizenship crisis
    2017-November-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AN independent Australian senator who is British by descent yesterday became the eighth lawmaker to leave parliament in recent months over a 116-year-old 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.

“It is with great regret that I have to inform you that I had been found ineligible by way of dual citizenship,” Lambie told the Senate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition could lose two seats in by-elections next month after government lawmaker John Alexander resigned from parliament last week because he had likely inherited British citizenship from his English-born father.

Kristina Keneally, a Las Vegas-born former New South Wales state premier, announced yesterday that she would run as a candidate for the opposition Labor Party against Alexander in a Dec. 16 by-election for his Sydney-based seat, having renounced her U.S. citizenship. Alexander must shed his British citizenship by then.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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