Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce

I owe nothing to this Government: Bob Katter

The New Zealand High Commission and Department of Internal Affairs notified Mr Joyce of his citizenship last week, after inquiries from Fairfax Media in Australia and Mr Hipkins on Monday and Wednesday respectively. He is now taking his case to the High Court but remains in his post following legal counsel - a move which has been criticised by some.

Joyce revealed earlier that he may have New Zealand citizenship by descent, but he will still take his case to the nation's High Court.

However, should the High Court rule against him, it would likely end Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government.

And I would imagine that as emotions have cooled we will be able to have the relationship on an even keel. "I started thinking about this in a tongue-in-cheek way but the more I thought it, the less tongue-in-cheek it became", he said. Yesterday Joyce told Parliament he had renounced his citizenship.

"I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the government of Australia", she told reporters.

Mr Hipkins had put in written questions that were linked to Mr Joyce's parliamentary eligibility, and he's been blasted by his party leader in New Zealand for his lack of judgement.

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has just been Twitter-trolled in the most delicious way.

New Zealand's opposition Labour Party is part of a "conspiracy" to bring down the Australian government - at least according to Australia's governing Liberal National coalition.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enters the House after his government lost a division 69-61

Mr. Dunne, the leader of New Zealand's right-leaning United Future party who released the citizenship information, said claims that he was provoked to investigate by the Labour Party were "utter nonsense".

Mr Turnbull has turned Mr Shorten of tipping off the NZ government, via NZ Labour MP Chris Hipkins, about Mr Joyce's potential citizenship issue.

Hipkins has denied knowing there were questions about Joyce's citizenship, saying he asked the questions of Dunne to clear up the law. It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.

And to cap it off, the Turnbull government lost a vote on the floor of House on an amendment to legislation regarding the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - causing further embarrassment.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he expects the court will clear the Nationals leader because he believes Section 44 of the Consitution, which prohibits dual citizens from sitting in the parliament, can not be read literally.

Following this, Liberal senator Matt Canavan discovered he had dual citizenship issues stemming from his mother reportedly registering him as an Italian resident overseas in 2006.

"If the answer is yes to any of those, then a team of lawyers will work with the candidate to make sure that all of the requirements of section 44 have been met".


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