Dual nationality sees Aussie Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce disqualified

Fiona Nash
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30 October, 2017

"I get the chance of a by-election, Fiona doesn't".

Barnaby Joyce has blasted Liberal Party figures for sniping at the Nationals over the dual citizenship saga, reminding them the junior Coalition partner was responsible for winning last year's election.

But the court found Mr. Joyce was a New Zealander by descent at the time of his nomination past year.

The former deputy prime minister now must fight a by-election for his seat of New England on December 2.

It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running.

Australia's High Court on Friday ruled that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is ineligible to sit in parliament due to dual citizenship.

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The opposition has received legal and parliamentary advice on a range of decisions which could be challenged after the High Court disqualified Mr Joyce and Ms Nash from parliament. "I thank the court [for] their deliberations".

Mr Joyce said it was wrong to claim the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority move could be exposed to legal challenge, as it was a cabinet decision signed off by the finance minister.

Joyce gave the Coalition government its one seat majority in the house.

"I just get annoyed when people off-the-record - because it's always off-the-record - start making comments about the National Party", he said.

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