Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

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

The ruling, made because of Mr Joyce's dual citizenship (Australia and New Zealand) will lead to a byelection in the NSW seat of New England, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"I had no reason to believe that, you know, I was a citizen of any other country than Australia".

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was due to travel to Israel on Saturday.

Fellow politicians Scott Ludlam, Larissa Waters, Malcolm Roberts and Fiona Nash's elections to parliament have also been deemed invalid.

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Another government minister Matt Canavan, who the court heard might have inherited Italian citizenship from his Australian-born mother through his Italian grandparents, was allowed to stay in Parliament.

Joyce has been deputy prime minister since February 2016 when he was elected head of the National party, the junior partner in Australia's governing coalition.

Disqualified senators are replaced by members of their own parties without an election so the balance of power is not altered.

Joyce told lawmakers in August he had discovered he was a New Zealand citizen, throwing his position in parliament into jeopardy. He later found he was British because his father left Cyprus while it was a British colony.

Speaking Friday, Turnbull said it was "clearly not the outcome we were hoping for" but denied that his government faces any instability in the absence of Joyce.

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Constitutional lawyer Anne Twomey said there may be a legal challenge to any decision Joyce took once questions had been raised about his eligibility.

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.

Australia's constitution states that members of parliament can not be "a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power".

Joyce claimed he wasn't aware he held New Zealand citizenship and has since renounced it.

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