Jacqui Lambie may have path back to Senate: Antony Green

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:50:44 AM. It's complicated, but ABC election analyst Antony Green believes Jacqui Lambie may have a way of returning to the Senate.
Video: Jacqui Lambie wiped tears from her eyes as she made her final Senate speech. (ABC News) Controversial Tasmanian Jacqui Lambie could return to the Senate depending on a decision by the man slated to replace her. The controversial independent resigned on Tuesday after it was confirmed by the UK Home Office that she was entitled to British citizenship by descent because her father was born in Scotland. Next on the Palmer United ticket that elected Ms Lambie was the Mayor of Devonport, Steve Martin. On Tuesday, Ms Lambie ruled out asking Mr Martin to take up the Senate position and then resign, allowing her to make an immediate return. However, Mr Martin could decline the position, creating a casual Senate vacancy which would be filled by a nominee of the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN). Ms Lambie formed the JLN after she became an independent senator. Mr Martin was said he was weighing up his options and discussing the decision with his family. "I've got two wonderful, beautiful grand-daughters, and I spend a lot of time with them and this will all change, so it'll be a family decision," Mr Martin said. He will announce his decision on Thursday. ABC election analyst Antony Green said Mr Martin would be elected on a recount. "If Mr Martin doesn't want to take that seat he would write to the President of the Senate and say so," Mr Green said. "The filling of that vacancy would then become a casual vacancy, where the Jacqui Lambie Network nominates somebody to State...Read more
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