FUCKEN HAHAHAHAHAHA. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts are among five Federal politicians that the High Court has this afternoon disqualified from Parliament over the dual citizenship fiasco.
Joyce, Roberts, former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and Nationals senator Fiona Nash will all be summarily booted from Federal parliament after the High Court found they all possessed dual citizenship at the time of their respective elections, rendering their election to parliament unconstitutional.
Two other politicians, Independent senator Nick Xenophon and LNP senator Matt Canavan were both spared disqualification by the court, which handed down its ruling shortly after 2:15pm this afternoon.
In the cases of Waters and Ludlam, both Greens senators had voluntarily stepped down after the citizenship scandal broke. However Roberts, Joyce, and Nash all maintained the legitimacy of their elections and remained active in Parliament up until today’s court ruling.
Xenophon, despite his clearing, will still stand down from Federal politics as previously announced, in order to lead his Nick Xenophon Team party in the upcoming South Australian state election.
Roberts and Joyce in particular presented incredibly strange cases, with Roberts’ court hearing turning into a fiasco, and Joyce’s New Zealand citizenship being a source of mass derision.
Joyce and Nash’s disqualification means the National Party now has no leader or deputy leader in Federal Parliament.
Joyce’s removal also has far reaching implications for the Coalition, meaning the Government loses its absolute majority until the proper procedures for a by-election in Joyce’s seat of New England can be filed. While Joyce can (and probably will) re-contest the by-election, the fate of the senators affected by today’s decision is much more definite.
Malcolm Roberts there’s your empirical evidence bitch.
This is just… like…
It’s a hell of a day, folks. Hell of a day.
Might be time for a drink.