Speculation that Labor backbencher Susan Lamb is a dual British citizen has been rife for months. It’s not surprising when the MP herself has been unable to prove anything different.
But yesterday in Parliament, through tears, the Labor backbencher shared why she could not legally access her parents’ marriage certificate, which would purportedly clarify her citizenship status.
“It is a complex and a traumatic story — a story that I don’t usually share,” she told the House of Representatives.
“One day when I was around six years old my mum dropped me off at school and she never came back to pick me up.”
Lamb went on to say that her father had brought her up as a single father from that point onwards, and that she no longer had any contact with her mother. She likewise, had no contact with anyone who could access the marriage certificate of her parents.
Describing the lifelong torment the situation has caused her, Lamb said that she expected her mother shared similar pain.
“If it is anything like mine, I would not wish that on anybody,” she said.
“I don’t speak about this trauma. So when people ask me why I couldn’t just call my mother, well, this is why.
“I hope this story gives you the answer.”
Lamb’s story is yet another, that proves just how complex the issue truly is. Like the ever-growing number of MPs who have been implicated in the scandal before her, Lamb should now, undoubtedly, refer herself to the High Court.
But how many times will we do this?
How much wasted energy and taxpayer money will be thrown to the wind before we seek constitutional reform?