Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie has revealed that her father was born in Scotland.
She is the latest MP to reveal she has an overseas-born parent following the High Court decision, which saw deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce booted from his position after he was found to be ineligible to run at last year’s election.
Lambie, who says she is proud of her Scottish ancestry, recently discovered more about her father’s family history while writing her autobiography.
She still insists she is a sole Australian citizen but has not provided any documents to support her case.
In a statement, Lambie said:
“His father, my grandfather, came to Australia to enlist in the Army in fact,” she said.
“As far as I’m concerned, all their affairs are in order.
“A citizenship audit of all parliamentarians will clear the air once and for all, which is why I am supporting such a move 100 per cent.”
On Monday, Lambie encouraged her followers on Facebook to share her post calling for ex-politicians on pensions with dual citizenship to also be audited.
“Lest we forget the Centrelink Witch Hunt. Where one small mistake meant people were hounded for money. Different rules for different people apparently…,” she wrote.
Lest we forget the Centrelink Witch Hunt. Where one small mistake meant people were hounded for money. Different rules for different people apparently…
Yesterday, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said MPs need “big red flashing letters” to warn them about dual citizenship.
His comments came as the PM failed to reach an agreement with Labor leader Bill Shorten on when MPs must disclose their citizenship status.
Despite that delay, Turnbull remains confident that the dual citizenship fiasco currently threatening the government will be resolved before Christmas.
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