Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Australian Govt loses majority after court ruling

DUAL CITIZEN Senator Matt Canavan's fate will be decided by the Australian High Court tomorrow DUAL CITIZEN Senator Matt Canavan's fate will be decided by the Australian High Court tomorrow. Leighton Smith
Lillian Steele | 30 October, 2017, 02:23

Australia's government - which is clinging to power by a single seat - has been plunged into crisis after a court disqualified the deputy prime minister from parliament, ending its parliamentary majority.

The opposition has received legal and parliamentary advice on a range of decisions which could be challenged after the High Court disqualified Mr Joyce and Ms Nash from parliament.

Acting Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek says some decisions are likely to have left people feeling aggrieved.

Barnaby Joyce has apologised to his constituents in New England and pledged to continue to serve them after his election to the Federal Parliament was found invalid by the High Court of Australia on Friday.

Barnaby Joyce has blasted Liberal Party figures for sniping at the Nationals over the dual citizenship saga, reminding them the junior Coalition partner was responsible for winning last year's election.

Mr Joyce fired a shot against those providing "off the record" comments about the Nationals.

Asked whether he should have stepped down, Mr Joyce said he had strong advice that he would not be ruled ineligible.

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.

"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.

But potential votes on a banking royal commission and keeping Sunday penalty rates could yet prove a splintering headache for the Turnbull government.

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