Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

DUAL CITIZEN Senator Matt Canavan's fate will be decided by the Australian High Court tomorrow
DUAL CITIZEN Senator Matt Canavan's fate will be decided by the Australian High Court tomorrow. Leighton Smith
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30 October, 2017

The decision deals a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition, which has a one-seat majority in the lower house.

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from parliament because of his dual New Zealand citizenship. Australian Country Party Secretary Darren Cooper said "It's great to see decent people of a high calibre join the Country Party".

It could be held at the time of the next federal election and also ask the public other key questions, including whether Australia should become a republic and whether indigenous Australians should be recognised in the Constitution, he said.

"Now I am going to make sure that I don't cry in my beer".

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. He is expected to win.

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The seven judges rejected the government's argument that five of the lawmakers, including three government lawmakers, should be exempt from the ban because they had not voluntarily acquired or retained citizenship of another country.

But he said there was a genuine uncertainty over any call made after it was clear Mr Joyce's eligibility would be tested by the High Court.

Another two politicians under scrutiny, senators Matt Canavan and Nick Xenophon, were ruled to have been validly elected.

"In any of these decisions, it is an alternative that you have to consider, otherwise you. don't have a balanced approach", Mr Joyce told a local Tamworth radio station.

He later found he was British because his father left Cyprus while it was a British colony.


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