Larissa Waters, an Australian Senator, has resigned from her position after finding out that she has a dual citizenship for Australia and Canada. Despite living in Australia for most of her life, she was born in Canada, which means she cannot run for federal office in the country, which Waters is aware of. She has taken all of the responsibility for this, and has stated that she is ready for whatever consequences comes her way.
During a press conference, Waters stated that she wasn’t aware of her dual citizenship and that it was an “honest mistake.” “I 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,” she said. Waters claimed that she was only 11 months old when she moved to Australia, saying “All of this happened before I could even say my first word.”
According to BBC, Ms Waters said she only discovered her citizenship status following the case of Scott Ludlam, who had recently learned he was a New Zealand national. Like Waters, Ludlam resigned from his position after finding out that he was a dual citizen, showing just how seriously they take the laws of the country. Seems like other parties interested in running for congress should take the time to look at their birth certificate before taking a political position.
Prior to this, the former Australian Senator gained major coverage for breastfeeding her baby during the country’s federal parliament, since she is the first female senator to do this. Women breastfeed all the time, and it’s good that the mainstream media are trying to normalize the action of feeding one’s child, despite some people claiming it’s disturbing to see.