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Australian court rules deputy PM ineligible for parliament

Australian court rules deputy PM ineligible for parliament

The deputy prime minister is the main casualty, after being found to have held dual citizenship when he ran for election.

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.

BARNABY Joyce has revealed he thought about quitting politics this year as the crisis over his dual citizenship heated up. "It's a pretty simple story - we're off to a by-election".

"I had no reason to believe I was a citizen of any other country but Australia". That is the way it is.

"Now I am going to make sure that I don't cry in my beer, I will get back at work and work hard for the people in my electorate, the electorate of New England, and make sure I do the best job for my nation".

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It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running. The government argued that five of the lawmakers should still be eligible, including Joyce, because they were unaware of dual citizenship at the time of the election.

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.

The government had unsuccessfully argued in court that the phrase in the law "is a subject or a citizen...of a foreign power" should only refer to a person who has voluntarily retained that status.

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

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

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