Politics live: Jacqui Lambie resigns from Parliament over dual citizenship
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Politics live: Jacqui Lambie resigns from Parliament over dual citizenship

The citizenship saga continues to dominate federal politics.

Since it's going to be a busy day tomorrow I'm drawing a line under today. What happened?

  • preparations are being made for tomorrow morning's announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage survey;
  • if the result is 'yes' supporters of change have given notice they want their bill considered for debate on Thursday;
  • the bill was authored by Liberal Dean Smith and has cross party support;
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives back in Australia tonight so will be here to witness the result;
  • Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has resigned after she confirmed her dual citizenship;
  • she is the eighth MP to be caught up in the citizenship brouhaha; and
  • former Labor NSW premier Kristina Keneally will contest the Sydney seat of Bennelong against government MP John Alexander.

My thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their superb work and to you for reading and commenting.

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Alex, Andrew and I will return in the morning - look for us about 8. Until then, go well.

Whether there is a 'yes' or a 'no' vote there will be a lot of argy bargy to come.

The final fortnight of Parliament should be a whopper.

Back on same-sex marriage for a moment.

If the result is 'yes' it is expected a group of crossbench senators will introduce Liberal senator Dean Smith's same-sex marriage bill into the Senate.

Formal notice has just been given to the Senate for the bill which is co-signed by senators Penny Wong, Louise Pratt, Linda Reynolds, Richard Di Natale, Janet Rice, Derryn Hinch, Jane Hume and Skye Kakoschke-Moore.

This means the bill could be debated on Thursday. James Paterson has not given notice of his bill.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said if there is a 'yes' vote same-sex marriage will be legal by Christmas. Expect to see a lot of delaying tactics from opponents but parliamentary procedure gurus tell me this is possible - so long as the government gives the bill priority.

The Senate has voted in favour of referring Communications Minister Mitch Fifield to the privileges committee over his dealings with Stephen Parry.

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"It wasn't always pretty, but Lambie had what politicians are always trying to fake: authenticity."

My colleague Jacqueline Maley has written this piece about Jacqui Lambie.

Jacqui Lambie.

Jacqui Lambie.

Photo: Andrew Meares

If you haven't caught up with this news my dear friend and colleague Andrew Meares is leaving us later this week to pursue other adventures.

His last day will be Thursday. I know you have all enjoyed and respected his work as much as I have.

Feel free to send him a little note if you'd like [insert sad face emoji].

A reminder the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey will be announced tomorrow morning (I know - how could you forget?).

Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I will be here from 8 am to tell you all about the result and the reaction to it.

Senator Dean Smith in Canberra on Tuesday.

Senator Dean Smith in Canberra on Tuesday.

Photo: Andrew Meares

And that's it for Senate question time.

It's so neatly contained.

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Senator Derryn Hinch would like to know which bill will be brought forward in the event of a 'yes' vote in tomorrow's marriage survey.

Senator Brandis says he does not want to preempt tomorrow's result but says the process has been an "outstanding success".

Senator Brandis says it is "a matter for the chamber".

Liberal senators Eric Abetz and Senator James Paterson in the Senate on Tuesday.

Liberal senators Eric Abetz and Senator James Paterson in the Senate on Tuesday.

Photo: Andrew Meares

Labor turns its attention to something that seems as if it happened last year - but was only last month.

That's the matter of Workplace Relations Minister Michaelia Cash and the staffer who tipped off the media about police raids on union offices.

Senator Cash says the committee looking into this murky affair will reconvene on December 8.

Senator Michaelia Cash in the Senate on Tuesday.

Senator Michaelia Cash in the Senate on Tuesday.

Photo: Andrew Meares

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