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Och aye the noo, Jacquie Lambie's an accidental Scotswoman

Nae bother.

By Kate Wagner
When Scott Ludlam resigned three months ago after finding out he’d made a whoopsie and was a kiwi, no one had any idea that he was actually patient zero.
Since then, politicians have been dropping like flies and the latest to fall victim to Section 44 is Tasmania’s tough-talking senator Jacqui Lambie
WATCH: Jacqui Lambie loses it over the thought of Muslim migration.
Lambie dismissed concerns that she was ineligible for parliament last week after rumours started to surface her dad was a British citizen.
“I’m happy to put on record that I’m satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from,” she told Tasmania’s Examiner newspaper.
Oops.
Turns out the wee lass is a Scot thanks to her dad being born in Scotland before emigrating to Tasmania as a young boy.
I can see how all these politicians are only just having the ancestry chat with their parents now; it’s not like this dual citizenship thing has made much of a stir in Aussie politics recently…
That tweet did not age well.
Lambie joins an illustrious gang of parliament rejects after Former Senate President Stephen Parry, One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts, Greens Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and Nick Xenophon fell on their swords over Section 44.
Under different S44 provisions, One Nation senator, Rod Culleton, and former Family First Senator Bob Day both resigned, while over in the House of Reps, former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander were given the boot.
Interesting to note the amount of British MPs axed considering our head of state is the Queen of England.
With no Labor MPs having yet fallen to the provision, the Turnbull government doesn’t have a majority at the moment. To try end the citizenship crisis, all MPs will be forced to disclose their heritage by December 1st which could trigger several by-elections and completely upend parliament.