Oceania | Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand

Jay Jacobs
August 16, 2017

"A staff member in my office had informal discussions with New Zealand friends about domestic political issues, including the section 44 debate", Senator Wong said in a statement.

Hipkins, in a parliamentary question last week, asked the NZ internal affairs minister whether a child born in Australia to a Kiwi father would automatically have citizenship.

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

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said today she would welcome a conversation with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and again moved to quell a ruction with the Australian Government by not criticising Bishop's comments.

The High Court has been asked to rule whether Joyce's NZ citizenship by descent made him ineligible for election to the Australian parliament.

"We have taken the adult action of saying that Section 44 needs to be clarified by the High Court", Pyne told Sky News.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's citizenship fiasco blew out yesterday to a diplomatic stoush with New Zealand.

New Zealand officials said queries from Australian journalists prompted last week's discovery about Joyce's status.

"It is extraordinary that a New Zealand member of parliament has allowed himself to be used by a party in a different country with an intent to bring another party in that country down. The Australian government has now got to sort out the issue around Barnaby Joyce and citizenship".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enters the House after his government lost a division 69-61

By Tuesday afternoon, Joyce told parliament that authorities in Wellington had agreed he could renounce the New Zealand citizenship unknowingly acquired from his Dunedin-born father.

"This is serious when the Foreign Minister of our closest ally, Julie Bishop, unambiguously says: "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".

"I think if Joyce is forced out, Turnbull would call an election", said Peter Chen, a senior lecturer in government at the University of Sydney.

Mr Joyce's dismissal - on the grounds that he is a dual citizen, which is forbidden by the constitution - would mean that the ruling conservative coalition would lose its one seat majority in the House of Representatives. "Australian media inquiries were", Mr Dunne tweeted.

On the issue of citizenship, there has been a dramatic development this morning. That's right: "Any Australian citizen is entitled to live, study and work there", Angyal said.

"I challenge anyone in this place to say they would not have done the same", he told parliament.

Turnbull said he expected the court to rule in Joyce's favour but independents are smelling blood.

As two others succumbed (National cabinet minister Matt Canavan and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts), arguments raged as to whether those caught up in the fiasco were negligent or victims of circumstance.

"Assuming this passes his biosecurity laws", she said, jokingly.

Marshawn Lynch takes a seat during National Anthem
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn't know he was going to do that. Lynch was photographed sitting on top of an orange cooler. That's always been kind of an assumed thing".

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