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Barnaby Joyce and four others disqualified from Parliament

  • Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and five other politicians have been disqualified
  • Mr Joyce’s party colleague Matt Canavan and senator Nick Xenophon were not
  • Australia’s top judges reviewed federal MPs who have possible dual citizenship
  • Greens Senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam resigned earlier this year

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four other federal politicians with foreign citizenship issues have been disqualified from Parliament. 

Mr Joyce, his deputy Fiona Nash, One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were ruled ineligible by the High Court on Friday afternoon after months of debate.

Mr Joyce’s party room colleague Matt Canavan and crossbench senator Nick Xenophon were not disqualified. 

Mr Ludlam and Ms Waters quit the Senate in July, less than a week apart, after learning they were dual citizens of New Zealand and Canada, respectively.

Under Section 44 of the Constitution, dual citizens are ineligible to be members of federal parliament. 

 

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says he had no idea he was dual New Zealander by descent

Former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters (pictured) quit the Senate in July, less than a week apart, after learning they were dual citizens of New Zealand and Canada, respectively 

Former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters (pictured) quit the Senate in July, less than a week apart, after learning they were dual citizens of New Zealand and Canada, respectively 

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce scratches his head thinking about his Kiwi connection

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce scratches his head thinking about his Kiwi connection

Former resources minister Matt Canavan (right with Attorney-General) quit cabinet despite arguing the way he was granted Italian citizenship - retrospectively, and without his knowledge - may have violated Italy's constitution

Former resources minister Matt Canavan (right with Attorney-General) quit cabinet despite arguing the way he was granted Italian citizenship – retrospectively, and without his knowledge – may have violated Italy’s constitution

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon's father is from Cyprus, which was British during his birth

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon’s father is from Cyprus, which was British during his birth

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts is the only federal politician is a possible dual citizen of Britain

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts is the only federal politician is a possible dual citizen of Britain

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