Politics not over for Greens duo forced to resign over citizenship debacle

The Australian Greens are hopeful that Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam will run again for Federal Parliament after the pair were forced to resign over dual citizenship issues.

Under the constitution, candidates are disqualified from an election if they hold more than an Australian citizenship.

It was revealed yesterday that Waters was born in Canada but left when she was 11 months old, while Ludlam moved to Australia as a three-year-old from New Zealand.


“It is with great shock and sadness that I have discovered that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and Canada,” an emotional Waters told reporters at a media conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“As people would know after the recent departure of my dear friend and former colleague Scott Ludlam, section 44 of the Australian constitution means I cannot hold office in the federal Parliament”.

To run again, the pair will need to renounce their foreign citizenship.

The Greens will now need to appoint a new deputy leader to replace Waters, who recently made history as the first woman to breastfeed in parliament.

Party leader Richard Di Natale says the resignations left “a gaping hole in the party” but he hopes Waters’ work is not done just yet.

“I would welcome her back to the parliament with open arms,” Di Natale said.