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Australia govt in crisis as deputy PM ejected in dual citizenship ruling

PM Turnbull must now win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government afloat

Reuters  |  Canberra 

Australia's High Court ruled on Friday that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is ineligible to remain in parliament, a stunning decision that cost the government its one-seat parliamentary majority and forced a by-election. The Australian dollar fell a quarter of a US cent after the unexpected decision. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he accepted the court's ruling, even though it was "clearly not the outcome we were hoping for". Turnbull did not name a new deputy leader during a short news conference in Canberra soon after the court's ...

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First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 14:09 IST
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