One of Australia's most colourful politicians Jacqui Lambie has announced she will resign from parliament today after she was revealed to be a dual-citizen of the UK.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie to resign of Dual UK Citizenship.
"I love my father to death and I do not blame him for this", said an emotional Ms Lambie, who revealed on Tuesday she held United Kingdom citizenship through her dad.
Lambie, who first entered the senate in 2013 as a member of Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party, left, and was re-elected as an independent senator previous year.
"I love my father to death and I do not blame him for this". Australia's constitution forbids dual citizens from holding office in Canberra. "He has done nothing for which to apologise and he has been my strongest supporter, my loudest cheer squad and my closest advisor".
"It's not because of him that I am leaving this place. It's because of him that I'm here in the first place".
The by-election in the inner Sydney seat of Bennelong, along with another one for the seat of former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who was ejected by last month's High Court ruling, will be key to restoring Turnbull's small majority in parliament.
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Pinarayi can not take refuge in his usual excuses - that let the court give its decision or let the final legal opinion come. Besides, the NCP has also not discussed the matter as there was no need to discuss a "non-issue", he told reporters.
Adherence to that rule in a country where more than half the population of 24 million was either born overseas or has a parent who was born overseas has only come under the spotlight in the current crisis, with the High Court confirming a strict interpretation of the law.
"There'll be checking like there's no tomorrow, so I don't think this will be an issue", she said.
She remained in the Senate as an independent and won reelection under the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) banner at the 2016 election.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said Senator Lambie had "acted with integrity" by resigning, and said she had brought some "interesting flare" to the chamber in her time.
The government and main opposition party cobbled together a deal on Monday to agree to a deadline of December 1 for all politicians to disclose the birthplace of their parents and grandparents.
"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, in the case of my father, as an infant", she said in a media statement. The next candidate on the ticket is Devonport mayor Steve Martin.