Aussie Deputy PM is a New Zealander

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce

The only way to resolve the citizenship issue would be to change the Australian Constitution, which would require a national referendum. "The census showed a very high proportion of Australians have a foreign parent, so with potentially more than half not eligible to run for parliament, that's just ridiculous", he said.

Joyce plans to challenge the issue in the High Court, but his predicament didn't go unnoticed by Heard, who took to Twitter with her own observations.

Independent MP Cathy McGowan said her support for the government on questions of supply and confidence remained the same, despite the issue over Mr Joyce. He's now brought that into not only Australian politics but into our worldwide relationships, and Bill Shorten should be called to account for this appalling behaviour.

She was "certainly disappointed" by Bishop's remarks, but would not rise to the bait when asked whether it was tantamount to interference in foreign politics. "It's like if you're driving on the road without a licence and you get pulled over", he said.

JULIE BISHOP: I don't accept that.

But this string of controversies surrounding Australia's Parliamentary dual-citizenship laws sits uneasily alongside a fundamental aspect of Australian society: multiculturalism. Bill Shorten must reveal the name of that member.

Mr Gartrell said it was a "really silly move" for Ms Bishop to say she would struggle to trust a Labour government, and amounted to intervening in an ally's election.

The Coalition has unsuccessfully tried to censure Labor's Penny Wong as the citizenship row escalates further into a brawl over the relationship with New Zealand.

REPORTER: Have journalists who asked questions of the New Zealand government behaved treacherously as well?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enters the House after his government lost a division 69-61
Aussie Deputy PM is a New Zealander

That didn't stop Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop from wading into the row, telling Australian media she would find it "very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the Government of Australia". Are you calling into question the official version of events here?

The New Zealand government later said Joyce held New Zealand citizenship as his father was born there.

"Are Labour's Chris Hipkins and Minister Peter Dunne our answer to the Chappell brothers?"

JULIE BISHOP: No, I have not.

Last Monday, he put a "hypothetical scenario" on citizenship to the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra, which said it passed it to Internal Affairs.

Matt Canavan, Australia's resources minister, resigned his senate seat after it emerged he also had Italian citizenship. There's no sense of coercion.

"Clearly the Labor Party are involved in a conspiracy using a foreign government, in this case New Zealand, the try and bring down the Australian government", Pyne told Sky News. Doesn't he bear some responsibility for this?

The revelation means that Joyce has violated the infamous Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, which states that anyone who "is a subject or a citizen of a foreign power. shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives".

That did not stop the prime minister and Ms Bishop ramping up their attack on Mr Shorten.

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