Another Greens senator resigns over dual citizenship

Another Greens senator resigns over dual citizenship

Another Greens senator resigns over dual citizenship

Larissa Waters - another Greens senator - has also stepped down from her role in Parliament due to her dual citizenship with Canada.

"It is with great shock and sadness that I have discovered that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and Canada", Ms Waters said on Tuesday.

Under section 44 of the Australian Constitution, persons with dual citizenship are "not permitted to stand for election and that a person must take "reasonable steps" to renounce their citizenship of the other country".

Senator Waters has been co-deputy leader of the party since 2015.

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".

The Queensland senator's resignation comes less than a week after Greens senator Scott Ludlam quit after realising he held dual New Zealand citizenship.

"Obviously this is something that I should have sought advice on when I first nominated for the Senate in 2007, and I take full responsibility for this grave mistake and oversight", Waters said. "I am deeply sorry for the impact that it will have", she said.

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Waters' resignation means the Greens are worse off - they'll now be down two votes in the Senate while replacements for Waters and Ludlam are found, affecting the balance of power and possibly making it easier for the government to pass legislation.

Waters explained her parents had told her she could pursue Canadian citizenship but when she hadn't by the time she was 21, she didn't bother and assumed she only held Australian citizenship. Her parents are Australian.

"I apologise wholeheartedly to all those who have supported me and helped me to become a representative for the wonderful people of Queensland over the last six years", she said in a statement.

"While my future remains uncertain, I have more to contribute and will be talking with my party about what lies ahead. Whatever the outcome, I will always work for gender equality and to protect the environment".

Prior to entering the senate in 2011 Ms Waters was on the staff of the labor-aligned Environmental Defenders Office, which was largely responsible for drafting the Vegetation Management Act that came in to law in 1999.

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.

"I won't sugar coat it, we need to make sure that our internal party processes are up to the challenge", he said.

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