Greens' Scott Ludlam Resigns After Dual Citizenship Revealed

WA Greens politician Scott Ludlam moved from New Zealand to Australia when he was three

Ludlam was first elected to parliament in 2006, and has since been re-elected twice, meaning there were three elections in which he was ineligible to stand.

In a post on Twitter, Ludlam said he was "personally devastated" when he learned about the "avoidable oversight" and apologized "unreservedly" to his constituents for his mistake.

Greens senator Scott Ludlam has sensationally resigned from federal parliament, after discovering he is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, and therefore ineligible to hold office.

Ludlam made the decision to resign once the New Zealand High Commission had confirmed he remained a NZ citizen.

Dr Cameron said his application to the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs to search its register of citizens was "not driven by political ideology".

Overnight, the man who blew Ludlam's cover was revealed as Dr John Cameron, a Perth barrister who evidently went to great lengths to procure the relevant documents from authorities in New Zealand.

Ludlam is required to repay his salary for his period in the senate - a sum that will exceed a million dollars.

Under Section 44 of the Constitution, politicians can not hold "allegiance to a foreign power". "This was my error, something I should have checked when I first nominated for preselection in 2016".

He has vowed to fight any such move, saying that his current assets "amount to a fast computer and a nice pair of shoes".

'(I) assumed that was the end of my New Zealand citizenship'.

"I was naturalised [to Australia] in my mid-teens". I'll really miss it, but there are other ways to make trouble.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said he was "devastated" by the news.

As a colleague, Scott has been an outstanding member of the Parliament and of the Greens.

22-year-old university student and disability advocate Jordon Steele-John, who himself renounced British citizenship when he entered politics at the age of 18, has been touted as a possible replacement for Ludlam. He is the third member of the 2016 Senate to have had their election ruled ineligible, after Bob Day and Rod Culleton were barred past year.

He also had a commercial interest in his Adelaide electorate office, breaching Section 44 (5) of the constitution, which bans federal members of parliament from having a financial contract with the Commonwealth.

On Friday, Mr Ludlam quit after accepting he had been ineligible to be a senator since his election in 2008.

The Department of Finance sought to have Bob Day and Rod Culleton pay back their salaries and allowances after the High Court decided they were invalidly elected for constitutional reasons.



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