Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

Lucy Bush
October 30, 2017

"When that time comes, I will make sure I get off the horse with dignity and walk to the rail", he said. Australian Country Party Secretary Darren Cooper said "It's great to see decent people of a high calibre join the Country Party".

Joyce was born in Australia but had New Zealand citizenship through his father.

Ian who was a former Acting Speaker of the House in the Western Australian Parliament is on the move back to New South Wales and was keen to put his hand up for this by-election.

Tensions within the Coalition have flared since the High Court last week booted Mr Joyce and his Nationals' deputy Fiona Nash from parliament due to their dual citizenship.

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It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running.

The disqualified senators will be replaced by members of their own party without an election, meaning the balance of power will only be affected by Mr. Joyce's situation.

Mr Joyce gestured at the New England countryside around him.

Mr Joyce's exit strips the government of its one-seat majority, but he could return through a likely by-election.

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

"I think it's unlikely the High Court would strike down decisions before these issues arose", the University of NSW Dean of Law told the ABC this morning.

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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