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Lambie to quit parliament over citizenship

Lambie to quit parliament over citizenship

A constitutional expert told AAP on Monday there are doubts around Senator Lambie's possible replacement, Devonport mayor Steve Martin.

Senator Lambie received news from British authorities on Tuesday confirming she was a United Kingdom citizen by descent through her Scottish-born father.

"I'm happy to put on record that I'm satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from", she said.

The colourful senator entered parliament after the 2013 election representing Clive Palmer's now defunct party, before quitting to sit as an independent the following year.

Senator Lambie will make a statement to parliament tendering her resignation at about 12.40pm AEST.

An emotional Lambie told a Launceston radio station on Tuesday she would become the eighth MP to be felled by the citizenship fiasco, but she declared: "You can't keep a bloody Lambie down".

With several MPs still under a cloud, the agreed process is likely to trigger yet more referrals to the high court and potentially byelections beyond the two under way in New England and Bennelong.




Unlike other dual citizens to fail their constitutional requirements, Senator Lambie may not be replaced by those beneath her on her 2016 election ticket.

"Bill Shorten has been playing a very dodgy game in this business from start to finish", Attorney General George Brandis told Nine on Tuesday.

He said the onus was on the Opposition Leader to live by the same standard he has demanded of the Government.

A similar motion is expected to be passed in the House of Representatives when it meets in a fortnight.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to recall parliament days before Christmas to bring a resolution to the saga.

"Then the House can consider them and then, if they wish, refer people to the High Court", he said.

Ms Keay did not receive confirmation that her British citizenship had been renounced until after the cut-off date for nominations for the federal election, which is the date required by section 44 of the constitution.


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