Joyce's citizenship a diplomatic incident, Hanson wants to hobble the ABC

Posted August 16, 2017

"New Zealand law has made every Australian citizen incapable of being elected to, or serving in, the Australian Parliament". Should there be a change of government, I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the government of Australia.

Mr Katter said his support hinged on the government backing his call for a banking Royal Commission and a probe into the need for bio-fuels such as Ethanol.

"This sort of behaviour, I don't think is particularly good for democracy", Wong told reporters.

"At some point it will go from being a minor irritant to a major problem because if they start to sift through the phalanx of MPs and look at the ones who have been the children of immigrants, we're going to end up threatening a whole bunch of careers", he said.

"This will pass.cooler heads now will get the issues resolved".

"Not at all", she said.

The prime minister says he expects the court will clear the Nationals leader, as section 44 can not be read literally.

Asked by host Kieran Gilbert if she accepted Ardern's comments and would now move on, Bishop said "I take her at her word".

"Clearly, it's absurd that a person who was born in 1967 in Australia, whose father left New Zealand in 1947, can have citizenship conferred upon him by a foreign country".

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"He's been very clear: Yes, someone from the ALP put some legal question to him around citizenship, no mention was made of anyone's name, no rationale for any particular case being pursued was ever raised", Ms Ardern said.

She repeated that neither she nor her chief of staff knew that the questions were being asked in New Zealand Parliament.

By Tuesday afternoon, Joyce told parliament that authorities in Wellington had agreed he could renounce the New Zealand citizenship unknowingly acquired from his Dunedin-born father.

Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam discovered their dual citizenship status with Canada and New Zealand respectively.

Amber Heard, who was globally humiliated by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce when she was busted smuggling her pet pooches into the country in 2015, is now having the last laugh.

"How on Earth can this Government have someone in the office of Deputy Prime Minister when they don't even know if he's meant to be a Member of Parliament?"

Labor has accused the government of sparking a "diplomatic incident".

In the face of Labor's assault Leader of the House Christopher Pyne warned the Opposition against "opening Pandora's Box". Angyal said the laws of other countries may play havoc with section 44, and that the broad nature of the section could rule out huge swathes of the population from being eligible for election - an argument the government has used to defend Joyce and Canavan. "Australian media inquiries [sic] were".

"At no stage did my staff member request that questions be placed on notice in the New Zealand Parliament".