The population of Australia engaged in a collective face palm when we learned that our Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, is actually a citizen of New Zealand. His dual citizenship, which by definition, made him ineligible to serve under section 44 of the Australian constitution, 13 years after first being elected to parliament.
In July, Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, resigned after discovering his dual-citizenship, triggering a series of resignations. Over the past few months, fellow Greens senator, Larissa Waters resigned, deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce was ruled ineligible by the High Court, as well as Fiona Nash, Malcolm Roberts, Stephen Parry, John Alexander, and Jacqui Lambie.
In particular, it's awkward because when Greens senators Ludlam and Waters were found to be dual citizens, Joyce was adamant the issue is "black and white," and "ignorance is not an excuse".
Barnaby previously: "You can’t be a member of parliament & have dual citizenship- it's black & white." You know what else is black & white pic.twitter.com/r7rCYb963z
— James Jeffrey (@James_Jeffrey) August 15, 2017