There’s not a huge amount the regular Australian can do about the seemingly endless stream of politicians running afoul of the Australian Constitution’s Section 44: we can either ask why the powers that be are yet to reassess that finicky piece of law, or we can have a snarky chuckle at how ridiculous it all is.
Your pals online have, by and large, chosen the latter option after Barnaby Joyce revealed he may be a Kiwi.
Scott Ludlam, the Greens senator who dropped out of Parliament after being informed of his own dual-citizensip with New Zealand, offered this take:
kia ora barnaby
— Scott Ludlam (@Scottludlam) August 14, 2017
His former party companion Adam Bandt went a step further, and posted this ominous screenshot of the New Zealand government’s own citizenship website:
Others have been way more light-hearted with the Nationals leader, imagining a world in which the Tamworth fella had to choose his allegiance:
‘Me? I’m as Aussie as a pair of jandles and a chilly bin on a summer’s day’
– Barnaby Joyce, probably pic.twitter.com/wjzZ87iAvf
— Simon Anderson (@simonjourno) August 14, 2017
STILL SHOCKED ABOUT THIS BARNABY JOYCE CONTROVERSY. WE ALWAYS CONSIDERED HIM AS AUSSIE AS RUSSELL CROWE, PHAR LAP AND SPLIT ENZ #auspol
— The NT News (@TheNTNews) August 14, 2017
Of course, Joyce’s other big news story of recent memory was relitigated for laughs:
— Mitchell Scott (@MitchellBScott) August 14, 2017
And journo Deborah Knight even took the opportunity to air this piece from a couple of weeks back:
— Deborah Knight (@deborah_knight) August 14, 2017
Should the High Court find Joyce is actually from across the ditch, expect the tweets to get even spicier.