Scott Ludlum resignation senate

What has already been a difficult year for the Greens suddenly got a lot worse on Friday, with the shock resignation of one of the party’s most popular and effective parliamentary performers.

When Scott Ludlam announced he had learned of his ineligibility to hold his Western Australia Senate seat by virtue of New Zealand dual citizenship, he became the third senator in a year to fall foul of section 44 of the constitution, which encompasses expansive grounds for disqualification that have been complained about here previously.