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Senator Scott Ludlam Resigns Over Decade-Old 'Oversight'

A citizenship “error” has resulted in the shock resignation of the Senator for Western Australia and Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Scott Ludlam, effective immediately.

Under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, dual citizenship, something Senator Ludlam holds between Australia and New Zealand, renders an individual as ineligible to hold Federal office.

“I apologise unreservedly for this mistake,” he wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon.

“This was my error, something I should have checked when I first nominated for preselection in 2006.”

He said did not want to create a dispute, “particularly when the Constitution is so clear” and promptly resigned.

He said he was “personally devastated” to learn of the “avoidable oversight” made 10 years ago.

“I was born in Palmerston North New Zealand, left the country with my family when I was three years old, and settled in Australia not long before my ninth birthday,” he continued.

“I was naturalised when I was in my mid-teens and assumed that was the end of my New Zealand citizenship.”

Of course, Ludlam mentioned the silverlining of speaking last week in the United Nations plenary on the historic nuclear weapons ban.

“It’s not a bad way to go out,” he said.

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