Turnbull cries foul over New Zealand 'plot' to topple him

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"New Zealand law has made every Australian citizen incapable of being elected to, or serving in, the Australian Parliament".

I've always been an Australian citizen born in Tamworth.

They flew the dogs back to their home in the US after top politician Barnaby Joyce, who held the post of Agriculture Minister at the time, threatened to put the dogs down if they remained in the country.

All you needed to understand was the raging #auspol fever had descended - the desperate, wild-eyed fever of jockeying and deliberate distraction - thrusting Australian politics into a new level of unhinging.

IMAGE: File image of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in parliament.

It's more than just neighborly banter: New Zealand could seriously shake things up in Canberra if the ruling coalition loses its one-seat majority as a result of Joyce being stripped of his seat.

What is going on in Australia?

"Neither my parents nor I have ever applied to register me as a New Zealand citizen, the New Zealand Government has no register recognising me as an New Zealand citizen", Mr Joyce told Parliament.

Barnaby Joyce insists the plebiscite is simply the wish of his constituents.

"I'm born in Tamworth Base Hospital, where my great-grandmother was born 100 years before me, and I am an Australian, no problems there", he told Channel Nine's Today Show.

Mr Dunne said he spent the weekend expecting the story to break at any moment in Australia, but that didn't happen until Mr Joyce announced it to federal parliament on Monday.

But the opposition has stressed that he did not mention Mr Joyce's case nor ask Mr Hipkins to take up the issue in Parliament.

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The letter from Mr Turnbull to Bill Shorten, after questions were raised about Barnaby Joyce's dual citizenship.

Two senators, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, were forced to resign last month over their citizenship status.

"Upwards of 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia, [and many] have become increasingly concerned about the extra costs and impositions of [them] living in Australia", he said. Joyce threatened to have the Yorkshire terriers euthanized after saying they were smuggled into Australia in 2014 where Depp was filming the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie series.

Her cabinet minister Christopher Pyne accused the Labor opposition of stooping to new lows.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern would not be drawn on whether Julie Bishop's comments had interfered with the New Zealand election.

"Labour is intent on bringing down Australia's government when National already fails to get a heads up about New Zealanders losing rights to Australian tertiary education or citizenship".

Turnbull said he expected the court to rule in Joyce's favor but independents are smelling blood. "They were not the instigator".

The minister reiterated the first inquiries came from Australian media.

AUSTRALIA'S politicians seem to be dropping like flies.

'I know they were a staffer.

But now it is out in the open, it is highly likely the citizenship clause will trap even more Australian politicians on all sides of parliament, Economou said. He is now taking his case to the High Court but remains in his post following legal counsel - a move which has been criticised by some.

Amber Heard is having the last laugh.

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