Federal Greens senators Scott Ludlam (left) and Larissa Waters listen to former Greens leader Christine Milne give her final address at the National Press Club in Canberra, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
Federal Greens senators Scott Ludlam (left) and Larissa Waters listen to former Greens leader Christine Milne give her final address at the National Press Club in Canberra, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

BREAKING: Greens Senator resigns

WA Greens senator Scott Ludlam has resigned after realising he has been ineligible under the Constitution to sit as a senator for the past nine years because he holds dual citizenship.

The Senate is expected to refer the matter to the High Court for its consideration, but the rules appear clear cut and it is likely his election will be ruled invalid.

Section 44 of the Constitution disqualifies potential candidates from election to the Parliament of Australia if they hold dual or plural citizenship, and under the rules Mr Ludlam should have renounced his New Zealand citizenship before he nominated for pre-selection 10 years ago.

Mr Ludlam, 47, who was also co-deputy leader, was elected to the Senate at the 2007 federal election, with his term beginning in August 2008.

Read more at abc.net.au

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