Australia's deputy Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from his because he held citizenship when he was elected. Four other were also disqualified. Holding passports made them dual . This made them ineligible for being a " or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's prohibits dual nationals from being elected. Australia's ruling National Party now has just 75 in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could return to by running in a by-election. He renounced his New Zealand citizenship in August.
Mr Joyce said the court's showed the democratic of Australia. He said: "I respect the of the court. We live in a marvelous ….It has given us all the freedoms we see. I thank the ." He added: "The decision of the court today is not the outcome we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship should be changed. Around 28 per cent of Australians were born . Many have a family going back that could allow them to have dual citizenship.