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

16 Agosto 2017, 02:25 | Bibiana Flor

"The Australian government has now got to sort out the issue around Barnaby Joyce and citizenship".

"Not since the old days of worrying about Soviet Russia, that is how long since we have had to worry about these sort of things", he told Sky News.

Here is how it unfolded.

It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning as Senator for Qld and Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens.

Turnbull said he expected the court to rule in Joyce's favour but independents are smelling blood.

Dear Ms Heard. As a proud and patriotic Australian may I ask that you continue to take the piss out of Barnaby Joyce, he so deserves it.

Hours later he was confirmed by Minister Dunne's to be a New Zealander by default under the Citizenship Act of 1948 which states that a child born to a New Zealand national is automatically given citizenship. That is forwarded to NZ Department of Internal Affairs.

While Australia and New Zealand, both being former British colonies, have a close relationship historically, the scandal highlights the complexities of citizenship in a country that is arguably one of the most multicultural in the world: Australia is the country with the second-highest percentage of the population born overseas, after Saudi Arabia.


The replies are due on August 17.

The Coalition has unsuccessfully tried to censure Labor's Penny Wong as the citizenship row escalates further into a brawl over the relationship with New Zealand.

"The story became public as a result of media inquiries".

Australia's High Commissioner Chris Seed notifies Joyce.

The absolute best reactions to Barnaby's kiwi citizenship.

It's is baffling, then, that prospective politicians - those who wish to make a difference to the society in which they grew up - may be ineligible for being a dual citizen. That's why the High Court's will be so important for these people heading there.

Mr Joyce said he was "shocked" when he received the news from the New Zealand High Commission, adding: "I have always been an Australian citizen".

The parliamentary questions from Hipkins are still unanswered.


He denied knowing the questions related to Joyce.

"So Julie Bishop, when you say you'll find it hard to work with New Zealand, what exactly do you mean?"

New Zealand is holding a general election on September 23, and Ms. Bishop said her government would find it hard to work with New Zealand's Labour Party if it won.

Ardern has since fired back, saying Bishop made false claims about the party.

Joyce's application to renounce citizenship is formally accepted.

Ardern said that in hindsight, had Hipkins realised the context, he would not have asked the questions. By the time you consider the uncertainty around North Korean aggression, Hipkins couldn't have chosen a worse moment to destabilize trans-Tasman relations. He's now brought that into not only Australian politics but into our global relationships, and Bill Shorten should be called to account for this appalling behaviour.

"A staff member in my office had informal discussions with New Zealand friends about domestic political issues, including the section 44 debate", Senator Wong said in a statement.




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