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Australian court disqualifies deputy PM for dual citizenship

30 October 2017

"I respect the verdict of the court", Mr Joyce said immediately after the verdict.

"If they want to pursue the government on some of them, I don't doubt they will", Ms Plibersek told ABC radio on Monday.

Ian Britza has been announced today as candidate for the seat of New England by the Australian Country Party in the upcoming by-election caused by the recent High Court decision on the illegibility of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to sit in parliament. "I'd like to offer my support to senator Fiona Nash". His father was born in New Zealand and, despite being born in Australia and having never applied for NZ citizenship, the country claimed him as a citizen - ultimately leading to the High Court's ruling on Friday.

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Mr Joyce is confident other decisions he took as a minister will stand because his dismissal is not retrospective.

"We won the last election because the National Party didn't go backwards, we actually went forwards".

Ian who was a former Acting Speaker of the House in the Western Australian Parliament is on the move back to New South Wales and was keen to put his hand up for this by-election.

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However, constitutional expert George Williams has said there was a risk that some of decisions could be open to challenge, but it would only be those made after Mr Joyce's bombshell announcement in August that he might be a New Zealand citizen.

But potential votes on a banking royal commission and keeping Sunday penalty rates could yet prove a splintering headache for the Turnbull government.

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Australian court disqualifies deputy PM for dual citizenship