The shocking news that Greens senator Scott Ludlam has resigned after discovering his dual NZ citizenship has been met with, well, shock.
In the nearly ten years that Ludlam has served in Federal Parliament, we’ve come to know him as the Only Good One – a bloke capable of showing actual activism in a stifling bureaucracy, someone who wasn’t afraid to take the piss out of his blithering opposition or to talk about his mental health struggles in a way that helped de-stigmatise the issue, and probably the only person in Parliament we could trust to engage with the politics of the Internet. Also he had a great relationship with his really excellent hair.
So it makes sense that a significant portion of progressive Australia is in dazed mourning, with reactions spanning the full seven stages of grief.
Devastated by @SenatorLudlam’s resignation. Scott’s decision shows his absolute integrity. The Senate will be so much poorer without him.
— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) July 14, 2017
Very bad news. @SenatorLudlam was one of the best. One of the clearest communicators in a sea of superstition and ideology.
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) July 14, 2017
Can @SenatorLudlam now renounce his NZ citizenship and stand for office again next time? Some sort of Ludlam 2.0: Senator with a vengeance?
— VictoriaSM (@VicStoneMeadows) July 14, 2017
Were I Ludlam I’d have suggested conquering New Zealand and renaming it Extremely South Australia.
— Gabriel Morton (@gabrielenguard) July 14, 2017
An absolute shame, but you cannot be faulted for your principled response. I hope you can rectify it and stand for election again soon.
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) July 14, 2017
Today is sad, and Scott Ludlam has resigned. I will miss him and his hair very much.
— Linda Linda Linda (@LindaDrummond) July 14, 2017
You were the only good one 🙁
— Nick Ross (@maninultimo) July 14, 2017
Sorry Scott. Your resignation is rejected.
— BRING THEM HERE (@SarahRubyWrites) July 14, 2017
Reasons Australian senators have had to resign
1. Born in illegal country
2. Stole car keys
3. Forgot he owned an office
4. Stephen Conroy
— Video James (@cashbonez) July 14, 2017
to hear that the most decent and on point politician #auspol has is forced to resign has made me reach peak political disillusionment
— neigh (@naycation) July 14, 2017
There’s also the very salient point being raised about the citizenship status of several other high-profile pollies:
The Ludlam dual citizenship resignation should re-ignite the Tony Abbott dual citizenship debate. When did he renounce Britain?
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) July 14, 2017
*whispers* Larissa Waters was born in Canada… pic.twitter.com/kZV3cEsZlB
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) July 14, 2017
We’re all going to miss you, your sass, and your wonderful hair very much,
Hot Scott Ludlam. Please get into talks with Hollywood about a biopic starring Adam Scott immediately, thank you.
Sad day for the Senate, sad day for politics, sad day for hair. pic.twitter.com/5dUvPCImTw
— Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) July 14, 2017
Image: Stefan Postles / Getty.