Australian Deputy PM's citizenship predicament

Australian Deputy PM's citizenship predicament”

The query came after he discussed the citizenship issue with a staffer of Labor senator Penny Wong.

"To comfort Mr. Joyce in his hour (of) need, I have sent him a box of New Zealand's finest kiwi fruit (assuming this passes his biosecurity laws)", she added.

And though he has confirmed he is no longer a New Zealand citizen, Mr Joyce's Kiwi roots, their potential impact on Malcolm Turnbull's majority government, and the New Zealand Labour Party's role in the saga continue to make headlines on both sides of the Ditch.

Joyce is not the first Australian politician to get caught on this technicality in the past few months.

Angyal argued that under this New Zealand offer, and other such laws in other countries around the world, all Australian citizens are inadvertently in breach of section 44.

The leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Jacina Ardern, said she was keen to talk to Ms Bishop to improve relations.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's political future was in doubt on Monday after it emerged he may be a dual citizen, placing the conservative government's slim parliamentary majority at risk. "I mean that is a very, very serious issue", he told Sky News.

However, Mr Joyce is refusing to stand down, saying the Government's lawyers were of the "firm view" that the High Court would not disqualify him because his New Zealand citizenship had been conferred on him without his knowledge.

Another week, another three MPs positions in question over the citizenship status.

"Should there be a change of government, I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the government of Australia", Ms Bishop railed in parliament on Tuesday following the disclosure.

Joyce was born in Australia to an Australian mother and a father from New Zealand and was automatically given New Zealand citizenship. "Australian media inquiries [sic] were".

Wong told the Australian Senate today questions about Joyce's citizenship had been asked by the media for some time, including in July.

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said the situation was extraordinary and everyone was clearly running around trying to figure out who to blame.

"The High Court has made it very clear in a number of cases that section 44 can not be read literally and has to be read in accordance with its goal and its intent, and there are limitations to its scope", he told Question Time on Tuesday.

"I think in the heat of the moment they took it all pretty seriously, but they've got to get on and resolve the issues around citizenship. We have got a good relationship". Another two senators, Matt Canavan and Malcolm Roberts, will also have their eligibility decided by the High Court. While leaving the office she said she was "devastated" to discover that she was a Canadian citizen and has been ineligible for the past six years.

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