Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office
- Author: Megan Austin Oct 30, 2017,
Oct 30, 2017, 1:59
The High Court will be asked to rule on whether the decisions were constitutionally valid, as they were made after the two ministers effectively ceased to hold office last October.
Australian media say the coalition government consisting of the Liberal Party and the Nationals has been thrown in crisis, as it has lost a one-seat majority in the parliament, at least until the by-election.
Speaking to the ABC from the electorate today, Mr Joyce also hit back at Labor Party claims that more than 100 of his and ousted Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash's decisions in Parliament could be open to challenge after the High Court ruled they were ineligible to be elected. "It's a pretty simple story - we're off to a by-election".
Mr Joyce was unknowingly a New Zealand citizen because his father was born there.
"I had no reason to believe I was a citizen of any other country but Australia".
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It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running.
The others were Greens' Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam and One Nation's Malcolm Roberts.
The former deputy prime minister and four senators were found to hold dual citizenship and constitutionally ineligible to nominate for parliament at the 2016 election. The government argued that five of the lawmakers should still be eligible, including Joyce, because they were unaware of dual citizenship at the time of the election.
"We have a majority of members in the House of Representatives, even in the absence of Barnaby Joyce and. we have support from the crossbench", Mr Turnbull said.