Today, seven justices of the High Court will rule on whether Australia’s deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is a dual citizen, ending the citizenship debacle which has plagued federal politics since July.
New Zealand’s internal affairs minister, Peter Dunne, subsequently confirmed that Joyce is a New Zealand citizen under his country’s 1948 Citizenship Act.
As a result, Joyce referred his eligibility to sit in parliament to the High Court, along with seven other cases including that of Fiona Nash, Matt Canavan, Malcolm Roberts, Scott Ludlam, Larissa Waters, and Nick Xenophon.
Today, if Joyce is ruled ineligible, he will have to fight a by-election for his seat of New England, forcing the government to give up its one-seat majority until after that by-election.
Joyce’s old opponent Tony Windsor has already signalled he would run again against the Nationals leader.
If Joyce is cleared, he can continue in his ministerial roles.
The ABC has more.
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