Bill Shorten puts forward citizenship documents

Bill Shorten puts forward citizenship documents”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is facing increased pressure to stand aside amid the dual citizenship fiasco.

"In Bill Shorten we still have a leader who just wants to play political games".

Mr Joyce again asserted he would have stood down from his ministerial position if the government hadn't received strong advice from the solicitor-general.

Guardian Australia understands that a parliamentary walk-out to protest Joyce's refusal to step down while the high court considers his case is not being considered, but Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, refused to rule it out on Sunday.

"Given we are in uncharted waters I think we'd have to say that anything could happen this week in parliament".

Cross-bench MPs in the Australian parliament are pushing for Barnaby Joyce to step aside as Deputy Prime Minister until the High Court rules on his dual citizenship. "The PM always has that right".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be heading to the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa this week, and Mr Joyce will be acting Prime Minister, but Labour contends Mr Joyce is unfit to do so while his eligibility is in doubt.

"A minister who's under a legal question mark should not be making decisions to give a billion dollars of taxpayers' money to companies under a legal question to light a fuse on a climate time bomb", MP Adam Bandt said.

"Until the High Court determines otherwise, he can still keep doing his job", he told reporters.

"While ever a doubt remains over Barnaby Joyce's eligibility to be sitting in the parliament he can not be the Acting Prime Minister".

Mr Joyce has been referred to the High Court to test whether his New Zealand citizenship by descent disqualifies him from sitting in parliament under section 44 of the constitution.

"Show your (renunciation) letter or shut up about Barnaby Joyce", Mr Abbott told reporters.

The post of Acting Prime Minister is usually ceremonial and Mr Turnbull only intends to be away for 24 hours, but Labor will insist there still could be legal consequences if Mr Joyce holds the temporary job.

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