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Australian Senator Larissa Waters recently went viral after she made history by becoming the first woman to breastfeed in the country’s Parliament. But Waters resigned today after it was revealed that she has dual citizenship in Australia and Canada, a breach of Australia’s constitution for sitting senators.
Waters, a member of Australia’s Green Party, became an international sensation in May when she breastfed her two-month old daughter in Australia’s parliament. The country had only just legalized the practice in 2016, paving the way for a more family-friendly environment in Australian politics.
Waters was born in Winnipeg in 1977 to two Australian parents and moved down under when she was just 11 months old. Australia’s constitution forbids anyone with dual citizenship from serving as a senator. Waters, who says she was unaware that she held citizenship in Canada, was elected in 2010.
“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,” Waters said at a press conference today.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am forced to resign as senator for Queensland and co-deputy leader of the Australian Greens, effective today,” she continued.
Waters is the second Australian senator who’s had to resign in as many weeks. –Gizmodo