Another Greens senator resigns over dual citizenship

Australian Greens party Senator Larissa Waters was the first woman to breastfeed in the Senate Chamber in May. Waters resigned Tuesday after learning she also had Canadian citizenship. Australia doesn't allow dual citizens to run for Parliament

The move comes after former WA senator Scott Ludlam was forced to resign on Friday after realising he was still a New Zealand citizen.

Popular Greens senator Larissa Waters - who made headlines around the world for breastfeeding in federal parliament - has resigned from her position after discovering she too holds dual citizenship. "As people would know after the recent departure of my dear friend and former colleague Scott Ludlam, section 44 of the Australian constitution means I can not hold office in the federal Parliament", Waters said in a statement.

It means the Greens have now lost both their co-deputy leaders, Waters and Ludlam, in the space of four days.

Former leader of the Australian Democrats Andrew Bartlett is in line to re-enter the Senate, as he would likely win a countback after Ms Waters' resignation.

Waters, like Ludlum, said it was with "shock and sadness" that she learned she was a dual citizen.

In an emotional press conference she held in Brisbane on Tuesday, Waters said if she had been born a week later, she would not be in this position.

I left Canada as a baby, born to Australian parents studying and working briefly in Canada before they returned home.

I had not renounced since I was unaware that I was a dual citizen.

Her parents had advised her she had until age 21 to seek Canadian citizenship, but never did so and thought the matter had ended there.

"They are the best of people and I am devastated to leave them".

The Greens senator still holds dual citizenship, despite not returning to the country since she was 11-months-old.

The Senator, who recently made history as the first person to breastfeed in parliament, today fought back tears as she insisted she had "no allegiance to Canada" and described the revelation as "heartbreaking".

"I just want to apologise to my party and all the wonderful Queenslanders I represented for the last six years", she said.

Senator Di Natale pledged an "urgent root-and-branch review" of party processes to ensure no other parliamentarians were invalidly elected.



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