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Lambie to quit parliament over citizenship

Lambie to quit parliament over citizenship

The 46-year-old former Australian Army corporal confirmed she was a British citizen on Tasmanian radio this morning and says she'll resign from the senate at noon today and will renounce her United Kingdom citizenship.

Senator Lambie last week said she had "no concerns" about her eligibility to sit in Parliament after Tasmania's Examiner newspaper reported her father was born in Scotland, prompting questions about her inherited citizenship.

Cory Bernardi revealed he knew of another senator who was aware of their dual-citizenship and had not disclosed it to parliament, fuelling speculation it was Lambie.

She also flagged plans for a return to politics in the lower house, targeting the Labor-held seat of Braddon, where the citizenship status of sitting MP Justine Keay is now under a cloud.

The indigenous-identifying crossbencher has previously expressed pride in her Scottish heritage but insisted she was not a dual citizen. "I'm going to get right back on", Senator Lambie said.

She told colleagues late on Monday there was no need to refer her case to the High Court if it was confirmed she breached section 44 of the constitution by holding dual citizenship.

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She said she will re-contest her seat at the next election.

The dual citizenship saga, which kicked off in July when two Greens Senators resigned after discovering they held dual citizenship, has plagued the parliament for months now and continues to threaten Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's delicate majority.

Senator Lambie said she would "never" ask Devonport mayor Steve Martin, her replacement in a recount, to step aside and allow her return.

It is expected there could be more referrals to the High Court after the disclosures.

She also spoke openly about her son's addiction to methamphetamine.

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