Australian court disqualifies deputy PM for dual citizenship

"I get the chance of a by-election, Fiona doesn't".

Australia's government - which is clinging to power by a single seat - has been plunged into crisis after a court disqualified the deputy prime minister from parliament, ending its parliamentary majority.

Mr. Joyce will be able to stand for re-election, however, having renounced his New Zealand citizenship since the last election.

One of the most controversial decisions in question is the relocation of the national pesticides agency from Canberra to Armidale in Mr Joyce's northern NSW electorate.

Voters will go to the polls in his seat of New England on December 2.

A somewhat shell-shocked Barnaby Joyce has faced the press after learning the High Court has disqualified him from Parliament for being a dual citizen.


It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running.

"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.

Mr Joyce gestured at the New England countryside around him. "I thank the court [for] their deliberations".

"I just think that people should be reminded of that and if they really have a strong view of something, put your name to it".

Joyce was one of seven politicians whose eligibility to sit in parliament was thrown into doubt in recent months when it was found they were dual citizens, which bars them from being elected to the national parliament under Australia's constitution. He said he was unaware of his dual nationality before the election.

  • Tracy Klein