The High Court has just handed down its landmark decision on whether seven of Australia’s leading politicians breached the Constitution.
The so-called ‘Citizenship Seven’ have been hanging on the edge of their seats (literally) for the last two weeks after a three-day hearing into whether their dual citizenship meant they were ineligible to sit in Parliament.
The senators involved are: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash, former Nationals Minister Matt Canavan, South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts, and former Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters.
Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, who holds a NZ citizenship by descent from his father has been disqualified. He will now face a by-election for his seat of New England expected to occur on Dec 2nd. Losing the one-seat majority puts the Government in a vulnerable position while they await the outcome of the by-election.
Mr Joyce says he ‘respects’ the High Court’s decision and apologised to voters for the ‘inconvenience’ in a press conference in Tamworth following the verdict.
Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters have also been ruled ineligible, however they had already resigned from Parliament prior to the hearing.
Fiona Nash and Malcolm Roberts have also been ruled ineligible, with a re-count likely to take place to determine their replacements. The next people in line to take their places are Liberal Hollie Hughes and One Nation candidate Fraser Anning.
Matt Canavan and Nick Xenophon are safe, however Senator Xenophon previously announced he was returning to state politics regardless of the decision.
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