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Senator forced to resign after revealing he was not born in the country

By Mason White 3:22 PM July 17, 2017
Scott Ludlam
Scott Ludlam
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) The leader of the Australian Greens party was forced to resign from his position as a senator after revealing that he was not born in the country.

47-year-old Scott Ludlam of Western Australia, was elected to the senate many years ago.

Ludlam couldn’t legally be a senator as he was born in New Zealand, and a citizen of that country.

Ludlam is also a citizen of Australia, but a senator cannot hold dual citizenship, rendering his election invalid.

Ludlam recently took a three month break from the senate, claiming that he was suffering from depression and anxiety.

Ludlam claimed that he only now learned that he was born in New Zealand, and came to Australia when he was three years old.

On Friday, Ludlam resigned and apologized to voters.

Ludlam wrote on Facebook: “Recently, it was brought to my attention that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and New Zealand.

“Under Section 44 of the Australian constitution, I am therefore ineligible to hold elected office in the Federal Parliament. I apologise unreservedly for this mistake. This was my error, something I should have checked when I was first nominated for preselection in 2006.

“I am resigning as Senator for Western Australia and Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, effective today. I am personally devastated to learn that an avoidable oversight a decade ago compels me to leave my colleagues, supporters and my wonderful team.

“I was born in Palmerston, North New Zealand, left the country with my family when I was three years old, and settled in Australia not long before my ninth birthday.

“I was naturalised when I was in my mid-teens and assumed that was the end of my New Zealand citizenship. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to serve these past nine years in the Australian Senate.”