Another Senator Has Resigned Following A Citizenship Balls-Up

Another Senator Has Resigned Following A Citizenship Balls-Up

Another Senator Has Resigned Following A Citizenship Balls-Up

Senator Larissa Waters resigned after discovering she was a dual citizen of Australia and Canada, where she was born.

The Australian Greens are in crisis with another citizenship oversight prompting their second high-profile resignation in a week, as Queensland Senator and co-deputy leader Larissa Waters stepped down today "with a heavy heart". Despite having never returned to Canada, her failure to renounce her Canadian citizenship makes her ineligible to sit in the Senate under section 44 of the constitution.

In the case of Senator Waters, that would be former Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett.

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Senator Waters has been co-deputy leader of the party since 2015.

The Queensland Senator's resignation comes only days after fellow Greens senator Scott Ludlam resigned after realising he holds dual citizenship with New Zealand.

"It is with great shock and sadness that I have discovered that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and Canada".

"However after Scott's shock discovery, I immediately sought legal advice, and was devastated to learn that because of 70 year old Canadian laws, I had been a dual citizen from birth".

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"I apologise wholeheartedly to all those who have supported me and helped me to become a representative for the wonderful people of Queensland over the last six years", she said in a statement.

However, Ms Waters, who was first elected in 2011, said she took "full responsibility". "I am deeply sorry for the impact that it will have", she said.

He said the Queensland Greens would continue to focus on running a strong state election campaign with a real chance of winning seats off both Labor and Liberal parties, as well as the immediate opportunity of the Ipswich mayoral byelection.

"Despite my personal circumstances, I still have unshakeable hope for our common future on this planet". But she said it was "way bigger than one person".

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