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Senator caught serving illegally as she was born in foreign country

By Mason White 4:14 PM July 19, 2017
Larissa Waters
Larissa Waters
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A senator who was caught serving illegally in Australia, has resigned after it was revealed that she was born in a foreign country.

Australian Greens party Senator Larissa Waters, 40, was forced to resign as the constitution prohibits senators from holding citizenship of a foreign country.

Waters claims that she only recently learned that she was a citizen of Canada after being born in Winnipeg. She said that she left Canada, when she was just 11 months old.

Waters illegally served in the senate for the past 10 years.

Waters, who was also a leader of the Australian Greens party, announced that she is taking full responsibility for the grave mistake.

Waters recently shot to fame for being the first serving senator to breastfeed her child in parliament.

Waters wrote: “It is with great shock and sadness that I have discovered that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and Canada. 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.

“I left Canada as a baby, born to Australian parents studying and working briefly in Canada, before they returned home. I have lived my life thinking that as a baby I was naturalised to be Australian and only Australian, and my parents told me that I had until age 21 to actively seek Canadian citizenship.

“At 21, I chose not to seek dual citizenship, and I have never even visited Canada since leaving at 11 months old.

However after Scott’s shock discovery, I immediately sought legal advice, and was devastated to learn that because of 70 year old Canadian laws, I had been a dual citizen from birth, and that Canadian law changed a week after I was born, and required me to have actively renounced Canadian citizenship.

“I had not renounced since I was unaware that I was a dual citizen. Obviously, this is something that I should have sought advice on when I first nominated for the Senate in 2007, and I take full responsibility for this grave mistake and oversight. I am deeply sorry for the impact that it will have.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am forced to resign as Senator for Queensland and Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, effective today.

“I apologise wholeheartedly to all those who have supported me and helped me to become a representative for the wonderful people of Queensland.”