Jacqui Lambie candidate resigned in 2016 because of citizenship

Jacqui Lambie and Queensland candidate Bob Davis. Picture: Facebook
Jacqui Lambie and Queensland candidate Bob Davis. Picture: Facebook

The Jacqui Lambie Network’s Queensland candidate was forced withdraw because of the same issue now threatening to bring down the Senator. 

As the sun rises in London, so does speculation that Tasmanian Independent senator Jacqui Lambie will receive advice from the UK Home Office about her citizenship status, and resign within 24 hours.

It is not the first time Senator Lambie has been affected by the Constitution of Australia’s dual-citizenship rules.

During the 2016 federal election the Jacqui Lambie Network’s leading candidate in Queensland, Bob Davis, resigned because he held British citizenship.

Mr Davis, the owner of a boot camp for troubled youth on the Fraser Coast, was forced to withdraw almost three weeks before the July 2 election.

The Jacqui Lambie Network’s third Senate candidate, Rob Waterman, was also told by the party to withdraw his British citizenship.

Mr Waterman said his process of renunciation started in February 2016 and took about eight weeks to finalise.

“They got onto me about Section 44 and I had to renounce my British citizenship,” he said of the party.

“It was part of the discussions about me running for a seat.

“I was a big deal because it was something I really held dear.”

Rob Waterman, pictured with Senator Jacqui Lambie, was forced to renounce his British citizenship as a candidate for the party.

Rob Waterman, pictured with Senator Jacqui Lambie, was forced to renounce his British citizenship as a candidate for the party.

In Canberra, Senator Lambie attended Question Time in the Senate, but her office has not responded to questions from the media.

On Monday afternoon, several sources who travelled to Canberra with Senator Lambie on Sunday told Fairfax Media the independent senator was preparing to be disqualified.

“She’s expecting the worst and she’s expecting to leave Canberra by Tuesday afternoon,” one source said.

Senator Lambie said she had sought urgent advice last week as to whether she holds dual citizenship, and will resign from the Senate immediately if that is confirmed.