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Labor MPs pressured to clarify citizenship

Labor MPs pressured to clarify citizenship”

Labor is continuing to put pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand aside Barnaby Joyce pending a High Court hearing over his eligibility.

Disruptions are expected within parliament by the Labor party until either the National party leader stands down from cabinet, or the court makes its ruling.

In August it was found she held British citizenship, which under the constitution disqualifies election to parliament.

"If the government's argument is it's only 24 hours that we're going to have this guy acting and we don't know whether he's eligible to be in the parliament, I don't think that's a very strong argument".

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus earlier told reporters it was misleading for the government to argue Mr Joyce and Senator Nash could serve as ministers if they are ruled to be ineligible.

Mr Joyce, whose father was born in New Zealand, is one of seven MPs in Australia referred to the country's High Court to test whether they can remain in their roles because of their citizenship status.

"The government does not doubt the deputy prime minister's eligibility to sit in the parliament", the prime minister said.



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