High Court Decision: Barnaby Joyce Disqualified From Parliament

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The so-called "Citizenship Seven" debacle has come to an end, with the High Court ruling that five MPs are ineligible due to holding dual citizenship - including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Here's what you need to know.

Today, the court handed down its verdict on the constitutional position of seven current and former MPs who were dual citizens - and found most of their arguments wanting. Senators Joyce, Roberts, Waters, Nash and Ludlam were all found ineligible. Only Matt Canavan and Nick Xenophon (who is leaving politics anyway) are eligible.

Joyce's ineligibility is a significant blow to the government. The outcome has robbed the Coalition of its one seat majority in the House of Representatives, its deputy prime minister and its National Party parliamentary leader in one fell swoop. Joyce will now need to face the polls in a byelection later in the year.

After the ruling was handed down, Joyce said "I was always prepared for this outcome," and "in my gut I thought this is the way it was going to go." Which begs the question: why did he not resign from cabinet immediately after discovering his dual citizenship?

You can check out Fairfax's rolling political coverage of the event over at SMH.


    Weren't some of them actually born here? I don't understand how you can lose citizenship if you were born here.

      It's not about if they were born here or not.

      This is over simplifying but in general dual-nationality is not allowed when sitting in the parliament.

      They have not been stripped of their citizenship, they have just been deemed ineligible to sit and are to be removed.

      Last edited 27/10/17 4:22 pm

        Well OK then! :)

          To elabortate,

          The whole reason Australian Politicians are required to be full citizens is because them being a dual citizen opens them up to conflicts of interest in legislation. You cant guarantee a person would not be biased if legislation was put up affecting the country they currently held a dual citizenship in.

    Nick Xenophon is leaving the senate but he's not leaving politics.

    I wonder if this applies from the point he was refered to the high court.

    46 Penalty for sitting when disqualified
    Until the Parliament otherwise provides, any person declared by this Constitution to be incapable of sitting as a senator or as a member of the House of Representatives shall, for every day on which he so sits, be liable to pay the sum of one hundred pounds to any person who sues for it in any court of competent jurisdiction.

    The outcome has robbed the Coalition of its one seat majority in the House of Representatives

    Um, no it hasn't. They had 76 out of 150. They now have 75 out of 149 - still a 1 seat majority.

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