Senator Jacqui Lambie awaiting advice over dual citizenship

Jacqui Lambie could quit within 24 hours

Jacqui Lambie could quit within 24 hours

Lambie dismissed concerns that she was ineligible for parliament last week after rumours started to surface her dad was a British citizen.

The citizenship crisis engulfing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government deepened on Tuesday as an eighth lawmaker exited parliament and the main opposition party drafted in a high-profile candidate for a key by-election.

Amid calls to amend the constitution and allow dual citizens to sit in Parliament, Senator Lambie said politicians should just "suck it up", deal with their mistakes and then run for Parliament again.

"I love my father to death and I do not blame him for this".

Turns out the wee girl is a Scot thanks to her dad being born in Scotland before emigrating to Tasmania as a young boy.

Senator Lambie received news from British authorities on Tuesday confirming she was a United Kingdom citizen by descent through her Scottish-born father. "He has done nothing for which to apologise and he has been my strongest supporter, my loudest cheer squad and my closest advisor".

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 banned for members of parliament under Australia's constitution in a bid to prevent split allegiances. It's not because of him that I'm leaving this place. "It is because of him that I am here in the first place".

With several MPs still under a cloud, the agreed process is likely to trigger yet more referrals to the high court and potentially byelections beyond the two under way in New England and Bennelong. "I'm going to get right back on", Senator Lambie said.

Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie has quit the senate after it was confirmed that she is a British dual national.

The government and main opposition party cobbled together a deal on Monday to agree to a deadline of December 1 for all politicians to disclose the birthplace of their parents and grandparents.

She is now the second Tasmanian senator to force a recount and replacement process, after the departure of Parry.

"His father, my grandfather, came to Australia to enlist in the Army in fact", she said in a statement.

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