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Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jacqui Lambie quits Australian Parliament after learning she's a dual citizen

Jacqui Lambie quits Australian Parliament after learning she's a dual citizen

Indigenous senator Pat Dodson has made an emotional plea for constitutional reform after Jacqui Lambie was forced to quit parliament over dual citizenship.

"It's not because of him that I'm leaving this place. It's because of him that I am here in the first place".

The Tasmanian independent Senator said she would not refer her case to the High Court if she was found to have breached section 44 of the constitution by holding dual citizenship.

'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'.

"I've worked hard to be a voice for those who don't get much of a voice in this chamber", she said.

"The same politicians who spend their days writing speeches and writing books about how they support Western civilisation, don't do a thing to support pensioners".

She also spoke openly about her son's addiction to methamphetamine. Her party is registering for the next Tasmanian state election and she said on Tuesday that she would have a look at the federal lower house Tasmanian seat of Braddon "should Justine Keay go down" - a reference to the citizenship question marks over the Tasmanian Labor MP.

The ABC understands Senator Lambie has been telling her colleagues that she may have to join the seven other federal politicians who have departed Parliament House during the citizenship crisis.

"I won't be laying down".

"There'll be checking like there's no tomorrow, so I don't think this will be an issue", she said.

George Brandis, Australia's attorney-general and leader of the government in the Senate, thanked Lambie for the passion she brought to parliament.

"So I am going to have another swing at it and we'll see how we go this time".

When it was just Parry's departure triggering a recount, it was possible that procedure could have displaced the Tasmanian Green Nick McKim, possibly in favour of a One Nation candidate.

The man likely to replace her in the Senate is the number two on the Jacqui Lambie Network ticket in the 2016 election, current Devonport mayor Steve Martin.

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