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Eighth Australian lawmaker falls in citizenship crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 01:14

Australian senator Jacqui Lambie becomes the eighth lawmaker to leave their post in citizenship crisis. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. An Australian senator resigned on Tuesday (November 14), the eighth lawmaker to become embroiled in a citizenship crisis that has already cost Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government its majority in parliament. Jacqui Lambie, an independent senator for the island state of Tasmania, confirmed that she is a dual UK citizen and held back tears as she officially resigned from parliament on Tuesday. Seven other lawmakers have already been forcibly ejected from parliament or have voluntarily resigned in recent weeks because they were found to be dual citizens, a status that is not allowed for members of parliament under Australia's constitution in a bid to prevent split allegiances. 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. The government and main opposition party cobbled together a deal on Monday (November 13) to agree to a deadline of Dec. 1 for all politicians to disclose the birthplace of their parents and grandparents.

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Eighth Australian lawmaker falls in citizenship crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 01:14