Barnaby Joyce: NZ confirms Australian deputy PM is dual citizen

Source: BBC News

New Zealand’s government has confirmed that Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, is a dual citizen.

Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia’s constitution.

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

PM Malcolm Turnbull’s government risks losing its grip on power if Mr Joyce is ruled ineligible.

The office of New Zealand Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne confirmed to Australian media that under New Zealand law, a child born to a New Zealand national is automatically given citizenship.

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