What Joyce's citizenship woes could mean for Turnbull

What Joyce's citizenship woes could mean for Turnbull

Attorney-General George Brandis sought to have the Senate censure Senator Wong over her alleged involvement in the revelation Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was a New Zealand citizen when he stood for parliament.

The question over the legitimacy of the parliamentary position of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce engulfed the Turnbull government on Tuesday, threatening its threadbare grip on power.

Fast forward to 2017, and it's Joyce's turn in the hot seat after being outed as a citizen of New Zealand-something that's illegal for a sitting member of parliament (according to Australia's constitution).

This response comes as Joyc targeted by Heard and his former husband Johnny Depp for failing to declare their dogs, Pistol and Boo, to Australian officials in 2015.

"The government is engaging in conspiracy theories, we don't need to engage in them", Mr Shorten told Labor MPs in a partyroom meeting today.

Instead, he opened the meeting with the Maori greeting "Kia Ora" and joked Mr Joyce should be renamed Foreign Minister or "leader of the dual nationals".

The deputy Prime Minister is the latest of several Australian politicians to be caught up in dual citizenship scandals.

The turmoil saw the Sydney Morning Herald label Turnbull's centre-right coalition government as "on the brink", while The Australian opined "PM under a long white cloud", referencing the Maori name for New Zealand.

It emerged that a New Zealand MP asked a question to parliament about citizenship after speaking with Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong's chief of staff.

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His citizenship case will be heard with four others in the High Court in Brisbane on August 24.

"Should there be a change of government, I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the government of Australia".

Ms. Bishop accused the Australian Labor Party of contacting the New Zealand Labour Party - both left-leaning opposition parties - to suggest an investigation into Mr. Joyce's citizenship.

"At no stage did my staff member request that questions be placed on notice in the New Zealand Parliament. Australian media inquiries were", he said on Twitter.

The incident gained global notoriety when then agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said the dogs, Pistol and Boo, had better "bugger off" back to the United States or he would have them put down.

'Anybody who has done a modicum of diplomacy and foreign policy knows that she crossed an absolute red line yesterday, ' he told Sky News.

But despite widespread criticism, Ms Bishop has doubled down on her comments, denying what she said "overstepped the mark".

"Australian domestic politics is for them, not for us, and that is the line I maintain".

But Labor is resisting demands it produce proof that none of its MPs have dual citizenship, claiming its candidate vetting processes prevent any dual citizens from slipping through the cracks.

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