NZ Authorities Inundated With Aussie Citizenship Queries

SOAP BOX: MP citizenship questions no shock

Wait, why is that a problem?

Australian politicians are not eligible to be elected to parliament if they hold dual or plural citizenship, a rule that has forced the resignation of two senators in recent weeks. After a long-running reciprocal arrangement that guaranteed certain benefits and pathways to citizenship for people from both countries, the Howard Government cut Kiwis out of the deal and made their lives in Australia incredibly hard.

So ah, the news of Barnaby Joyce's New Zealand citizenship has finally reached Amber Heard and hoo boy she's gone to fuckin' town on him this morning on her Twitter.

"It plainly crosses a line when a serious domestic political progressed by the opposition not through the process of the Australian parliament but through the process of a parliament of a foreign friendly nation", he told parliament.

Pyne said the government would take action to refer any Labor MPs with questionable status to the High Court at the same time as Joyce.

"New Zealanders are seen, on this side of the Tasman anyway, as second-class citizens as they're living in Australia".

Ms Ardern said it was "highly regrettable" Ms Bishop had "chosen to make false claims about the New Zealand Labour Party".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop went further, casting doubt on whether Canberra could work with New Zealand Labour if it won a general election scheduled for next month.

REPORTER: So you'll believe treachery but you do not believe that the Minister of Internal Affairs in New Zealand, who is not a member of the Labour Party's version of events? "They were not the instigator".

Dunne says claims of a Labor/Labour conspiracy are "utter nonsense" and while the questions from Hipkins were "inappropriate", Australian media inquiries drove the revelations. Your donation will help us sustain this most resource-intensive form of journalism, ensuring that the most complex and important stories still get told.

JULIE BISHOP: I'm referring to Bill Shorten using a foreign political party to raise questions in a foreign Parliament deliberately created to undermine confidence in the Australian government.

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"I think in the heat of the moment they took it all pretty seriously, but they've got to get on and resolve the issues around citizenship". This happened after he admitted that he has now become ineligible to sit in the Senate for his entire tenure because he holds dual citizenship.

She invited Ms Bishop to call her to "clarify matters".

"It hasn't (come up) until now because the two parties have had a mutual interest in not bringing it up", George Williams, dean of Sydney University Law school, told CNN.

And who knows? He might just need the sweet treats after this case is over.

"No-one sets out to confuse the public with their citizenship", he said. "He can send them back or we will have to euthanise them".

"The High Court has made it very clear in a number of cases that section 44 can not be read literally and has to be read in accordance with its objective and its intent, and there are limitations to its scope", he told Question Time on Tuesday.

Even then, there isn't any real idea about what the court will decide.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is also under pressure over comments he made in parliament about the likely outcome of the High Court ruling.

"Assuming this passes his biosecurity laws", Heard quipped.

Asked on Tuesday if Labor had requested that a NZ MP ask questions, Mr Burke said "absolutely not to my knowledge".

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