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Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

30 October, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Labor says it has legal advice that Barnaby Joyce's decisions could be challenged if he is found ineligible

"I get the chance of a by-election, Fiona doesn't".

Mr Joyce will now have to fight a byelection to regain his seat.

"In any of these decisions, it is an alternative that you have to consider, otherwise you. don't have a balanced approach", Mr Joyce told a local Tamworth radio station. He is expected to win.

Barnaby Joyce was one of seven politicians affected by a High Court decision which disqualified him because he held dual citizenship when he ran for election past year. "I thank the court [for] their deliberations".

Former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce on the campaign trail in Bundameer, north of Tamworth.

"I respect the verdict of the court", Mr Joyce said immediately after the verdict.




"I was always prepared for this outcome, I don't actually stand here totally surprised", he said.

Mr Joyce said it was wrong to claim the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority move could be exposed to legal challenge, as it was a cabinet decision signed off by the finance minister.

Australia's conservative government has lost its majority after the deputy prime minister was declared ineligible for parliament. He renounced it after last year's election.

"We held all our seats and won one".

'I just think people should be reminded of that and if they really have a strong view about something, put your name to it'.

Joyce was one of seven politicians whose eligibility to sit in parliament was thrown into doubt in recent months when it was found they were dual citizens, which bars them from being elected to the national parliament under Australia's constitution.

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