Australia

Lying Larissa’s career goes tits up

A week after Ludlam got the boot for the same reason, it’s now come to light another Greens leader didn’t renounce dual citizenship. Canadian-born Larissa Waters – who last month made global headlines for breastfeeding in Parliament – has resigned from the Senate. Almost all of Australia (one nursing infant in particular) is grateful Waters can now stay home full time.

Deputy Greens leader Larissa Waters has resigned from the Senate after realising she has been ineligible to sit in Federal Parliament since 2011. Ms Waters was born in Canada and did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office, making her ineligible to serve.

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

Both avoidable resignations mean the Greens have lost two of their strongest performers in Parliament in less than a week.

The constitution disqualifies potential candidates from election if they hold dual or plural citizenship.

Her resignation is effective immediately.

Source: Larissa Waters, deputy Greens leader, quits in latest citizenship bungle – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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