Government fails to censure Penny Wong over Barnaby Joyce citizenship issue

Government fails to censure Penny Wong over Barnaby Joyce citizenship issue

"I would urge the government to reflect on the wisdom of using the credibility of the Foreign Minister in this manner, and to move swiftly to fix relations with parties of government in New Zealand".

The dual citizenship crisis kicked off in July when the minor Greens party's co-deputy leader Scott Ludlam resigned after revealing he had dual Australian-New Zealand citizenship.

The Australian deputy prime minister discovered last week that he held New Zealand citizenship, which, under the Australian constitution, disqualifies him from serving in the country's parliament.

Mr Hipkins had put in written questions that were linked to Mr Joyce's parliamentary eligibility, and he's been blasted by his party leader in New Zealand for his lack of judgement.

Australia is locked in a diplomatic brawl with New Zealand, accusing it of conspiring with the opposition to bring down the government. Joyce said he won't step down and will refer his case to the High Court instead.

"I only had it confirmed on Thursday that. apparently by reason of my father being a New Zealander, I was a New Zealander and now I'm doing everything I can to fix it up and I'm sure the High Court, who are vastly wiser than me, will come up with all the answers".

"It is distasteful to see the New Zealand Labour Party colluding with the Australian Labor Party on what was a political hit job targeting the Australian Deputy Prime Minister".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop went further, casting doubt on whether Canberra could work with New Zealand Labour if it won a general election scheduled for next month.

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NZ Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that fellow member Chris Hipkins asked about the legality an Australian-born NZ citizen to NZ Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne. She said she would formally register her disappointment to the High Commission.

Mr Hipkins claims he didn't know whether the staffer's question related to a specific person.

"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.

But Senator Wong has denied a conspiracy, saying "everybody was asking questions".

While Australia and New Zealand, both being former British colonies, have a close relationship historically, the scandal highlights the complexities of citizenship in a country that is arguably one of the most multicultural in the world: Australia is the country with the second-highest percentage of the population born overseas, after Saudi Arabia. "I will not let false claims stand in the way of that relationship".

Asked by host Kieran Gilbert if she accepted Ardern's comments and would now move on, Bishop said "I take her at her word". "Australian media inquiries were", he said on Twitter.

Depp's then-wife Amber Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying an immigration document to hide the dogs in a private jet.

"I have sent him a box of New Zealand's finest kiwi fruit (assuming this passes his biosecurity laws)", she continued.

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