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David Feeney Is The Latest Minister To Resign Thanks To Citizenship Dramas

Another one bites the dust

David Feeney Is The Latest Minister To Resign Thanks To Citizenship Dramas Image: Ten News/Twitter

Federal Labor MP David Feeney is the latest pollie to be swept up in the parliamentary citizenship saga, today announcing his resignation effective immediately.

Mr Feeney, who held the Victorian marginal seat of Batman, confirmed on Thursday he’d formally advised the Speaker of the House of Representatives he could not prove he’d renounced his British citizenship 10 years ago.

"I am unable to disprove that I am a dual citizen," he told reporters.

"I have spoken to my family and I have decided that I will not be seeking ALP preselection for this by-election.

"This has been an incredibly difficult decision but both my community and the Labor Party I love deserve a candidate that is able to give the months and the years ahead 150 per cent of their effort, their commitment and their passion.

"After careful reflection, I don't believe I'm able to offer this. That tells me that it's time for me to stand aside for a Labor candidate that can and will. It has been an honour for me to serve."

According to AAP, ACTU president Ged Kearney is now being considered as a replacement for Mr Feeney, while the Australian Greens have already thrown Alex Bhathal’s name into the candidate pool.

You can watch a clip of Mr Feeny’s resignation as tweeted by Sky News below: 

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