Australian Politicians' Dual Citizenship Case Adjourned Until Tuesday

Composite of Barnaby Joyce Larissa Waters Matthew Canavan and Scott Ludlam

Today, the High Court will rule on whether Barnaby Joyce can continue serving parliament after he was revealed to be a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand.

"Special by-elections are extremely volatile but it is lucky for Turnbull that it is Joyce that may have to stand, as country Australians seem not to trust the prime minister", said Nick Economou, senior lecturer in Australian politics at Monash University in Melbourne.

The constitution bans dual nationals from Parliament, a prohibition that critics have condemned as outdated in a country where nearly half the people are immigrants or have an overseas-born parent. She was to update lawyers on Tuesday. The situation places the governing coalition's precarious one-seat majority in the House of Representatives under threat. But with the government unpopular in opinion polls, voters in his rural electorate could take the opportunity to throw both the deputy prime minister and his administration out of office.

The remaining six politicians embroiled in the case are senators and their seats would be assigned to alternatives from their political party.

The other five, all born in Australia except Greens Senator Larissa Waters who left Canada as a baby, had not breached the constitution as they were unaware of their overseas citizenship, he added.

According to the Australian constitution, federal lawmakers can not be dual citizens.?That's proven embarrassing for the lawmakers, as one by one in recent months they learned that they had held dual citizenship for decades - sometimes by virtue of living in other countries for short periods as infants. "Our constitution is interpreted by the High Court and that's why we took the case to the High Court so that they could provide a clarity around this section of the constitution".

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