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Australian court disqualifies Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce over citizenship

Australian court disqualifies Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce over citizenship

Mr Joyce will now have to fight a byelection to regain his seat.

The opposition has received legal and parliamentary advice on a range of decisions which could be challenged after the High Court disqualified Mr Joyce and Ms Nash from parliament.

In August, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, said Barnaby Joyce would be cleared by the High Court to stand in parliament.

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Mr Joyce admitted the ruling did not come as a complete shock.

The now former Deputy Prime Minister told media that he respects the verdict that deemed him ineligible to serve the Coalition and now faces a by-election in his northern New South Wales electorate of New England, which is expected to occur around December 2. "I thank the court [for] their deliberations".

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Asked whether he should have stepped down, Mr Joyce said he had strong advice that he would not be ruled ineligible.

Mr Joyce's exit strips the government of its one-seat majority, but he could return through a likely by-election.

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

'I just think people should be reminded of that and if they really have a strong view about something, put your name to it'. He said he was unaware of his dual nationality before the election.

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.

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