Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Greens shock: Scott Ludlam resigns over NZ citizenship

Greens senator Scott Ludlam Greens Senator Scott Ludlum resigns over citizenship error
Juana Turner | 16 July, 2017, 00:33

Mr Cameron is understood to have obtained documents that are not publicly available from New Zealand authorities proving Senator Ludlam has dual citizenship - which bars him from holding a Senate seat under Section 44 of the Australian constitution.

Senator Ludlam said he didn't have the money to pay back his salaries and allowances.

"It's going to be millions of dollars and my total assets amount to a fast computer and some nice shoes", he said.

"It's obviously Senator Ludlam's oversight", told reporters on the Gold Coast on Saturday. This is an oversight that was avoidable and it is something I should have fixed up in 2006 when I first nominated.

Scott Ludlam may be forced to pay back $1.6million in wages he received during his time as Greens Senator after it was revealed he "forgot" he held dual New Zealand-Australian citizenship.

The Perth barrister who exposed former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam's Kiwi citizenship said he was not politically motivated.

Senator for Western Australia and Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Scott Ludlam has announced his resignation, confirming in a statement Friday afternoon he has no desire to draw out or take the citizenship issue to the courts.

Dr Cameron said his application to the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs to search its register of citizens was "not driven by political ideology".

"I was naturalised [to Australia] in my mid-teens".

"It is entirely my responsibility - it wasn't the way I was hoping to go out".

Senator Ludlam took to Twitter after his announcement to apologize once again.

A spokesperson for the Greens told The New Daily that party leader Richard Di Natale was away on leave and unable to comment on Mr Ludlam's resignation. I expected the human headline may not have done it and Mr Ludlam would have done it, but it was the other way around.

"Scott has been an outstanding member of the parliament and of the Greens", he said in a statement.

Mr Ludlam's position will be filed by a recount of ballot papers from the 2016 election, leading to the possible election of 22-year-old Jordan Steel-John who was third on the Greens Senate ticket. He is the third member of the 2016 Senate to have had their election ruled ineligible, after Bob Day and Rod Culleton were barred past year.

Speaking to The Weekend Australian, Cameron insisted that he was not politically motivated, and that he merely acted as "a citizen" with a "keen interest" in the workings of the Australian Constitution.

On Friday, Mr Ludlam quit after accepting he had been ineligible to be a senator since his election in 2008.

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