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Greens Senator Scott Ludlam Has Resigned From Parliament

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam Has Resigned From Parliament”

The Greens co-deputy leader is the third senator to fall foul of the Consitution in this term of parliament, with South Australia senator Bob Day resigning in November previous year after his building company went into liquidation.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, 47, has unexpectedly resigned after discovering he holds a dual citizenship with New Zealand, making him ineligible to hold the office.

At a press conference this afternoon Ludlam took full responsibility for his "mistake" and added that while he was born in Palmerston in New Zealand he had moved to Australia when he was three years old. According to a statement published on his Twitter, Ludlam has a dual Australian-New Zealand citizenship, thereby disqualifying him from standing for a seat in the Federal Parliament.

"I am personally devastated to learn that an avoidable oversight a decade ago compels me to leave". I have no wish to draw out legal uncertainty or create any kind of lengthy dispute, particularly when that section of the constitution is so clear. At that point I thought you leave New Zealand citizenship behind.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to serve these past nine years in the Australian Senate", he said.

He announced his resignation this afternoon, saying he only discovered his dual status last week, while in NY working on the United Nations ban on nuclear weapons.

"The Australian Greens will continue to be strong advocates for a cleaner, greener and fairer Australia".

When Ludlam was asked whether this information meant he was "technically never a senator" he replied "that's correct".

"Thanks to you all and see you in the next life", Ludlam said at the end of his media conference.

He lauded Senator Ludlam's intelligence on issues from digital rights to homelessness.

The Senate is expected to refer the matter to the High Court for its consideration, but the rules appear clear cut and it is likely his election will be ruled invalid.

The ABC's election analyst, Antony Green, wrote on Twitter that Ludlam's resignation would cause a recount and the number 3 Greens candidate, Jordan Steele-John, would be elected.

Steele-John, who has cerebral palsy, had to give up his British citizenship to run for parliament back in 2013.

Bob Day and Rod Culleton were both ruled ineligible for constitutional reasons, while Liberal senator Chris Back resigned.



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