High court rules five of citizenship seven ineligible, two remain

MP NO MORE: Barnaby Joyce at Tamworth Lookout just minutes after he was disqualified from parliament after a High Court ruling on his dual citizenship. Photo: HALEY CRAIG.
MP NO MORE: Barnaby Joyce at Tamworth Lookout just minutes after he was disqualified from parliament after a High Court ruling on his dual citizenship. Photo: HALEY CRAIG.

Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified by the High Court in a ruling regarding his citizenship. 

The former deputy prime minister said he wasn’t surprised by the ruling, citing himself as cautious at a media conference at Tamworth look-out on Friday afternoon. 

Mr Joyce has told the media he no longer holds any of his portfolios in the Nationals Party and his New England seat. 

“Simple story, we’re off to a by-election,” he said. 

“Right now I am Barnaby Joyce, standing on a bout in Tamworth.”

Mr Joyce refused to comment on the government minority stating he’s focusing on the people of New England. 

He offered his support to Fiona Nash, former deputy leader of the Nationals, who is unable to contest in a by-election. 

Earlier: Today Barnaby Joyce, along with six other politicians, will find out the future of their political careers. 

The Citizenship Seven: (Clockwise) Barnaby Joyce, Scott Ludham, Matt Canavan, Nick Xenophon, Fiona Nash, Larissa Waters and Malcolm Roberts. Photo: FILE.

The Citizenship Seven: (Clockwise) Barnaby Joyce, Scott Ludham, Matt Canavan, Nick Xenophon, Fiona Nash, Larissa Waters and Malcolm Roberts. Photo: FILE.

The decision is expected to be handed down around 2.15pm.

Along with Mr Joyce, fellow Nationals MP Senator Matt Canavan, former greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts will also find out the outcome today. 

Cross bencher senator Nick Xenophon and Nationals senator Fiona Nash will receive their decision in the coming weeks. 

The dual citizenship scandal has developed since August this year. It has been revealed Mr Joyce has  dual citizenship with New Zealand.

New England faces a by-election if the High-Court rules Mr Joyce is ineligible to sit in parliament due to his dual New Zealand citizenship which he has since renounced.

Mr Joyce faces opposition from multiple parties in the New England, including long time rival independent candidate Tony Windsor. 

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