Larissa Waters, deputy Greens leader, quits in latest citizenship bungle
By political reporter Henry Belot
Updated July 18, 2017 15:43:40
Deputy Greens leader Larissa Waters has resigned from the Senate after realising she holds dual citizenship and should never have been elected to Federal Parliament.
Ms Waters was born in Canada and did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office, making her ineligible to serve since her election in 2011.
The Queensland senator’s resignation, effective immediately, comes less than a week after Scott Ludlam quit after realising he also held dual New Zealand citizenship.
Both avoidable resignations mean the Greens have lost two of their strongest performers, and the Senate now faces two recounts.
The constitution disqualifies potential …