Wednesday 14th of November 2018



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is "satisfied" no more of his MPs will be forced from Parliament because of dual citizenship.

Key points:
  • Malcolm Turnbull says he's "satisfied" no more of his MPs will be forced from Parliament over dual citizenship concerns
  • He says the Government will use its numbers to refer Labor MPs to the High Court
  • Mr Turnbull also confirms he wants the same-sex marriage bill amended to protect celebrants and charities


Barnaby Joyce last night won the New England by-election, called after the former deputy prime minister was disqualified from Parliament for being a dual citizen.

Mr Joyce's win will increase the Government's numbers in the Lower House to 75, but the citizenship saga is still playing out.

MPs will this week declare information about their citizenship and parents' background as part of a new disclosure regime, while senators have already submitted their declarations.

"Based on the reports we've had from our members and senators, we're satisfied there are no further issues arising from our side of the house," Mr Turnbull told Sky News.

"There are plainly a number on the Labor side [who] should be referred to the High Court."

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behaving badly...

The Coalition MP George Christensen has admitted to being the anonymous Turnbull government backbencher who threatened to quit the government last week, saying Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to open a royal commission into the banking industry changed his mind.

His decision to stay with the government has angered the News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, who claims Christensen encouraged him and Sky News commentator Peta Credlin to “spread the word” last week that an unnamed Coalition MP – a veiled reference to Christensen – was about to quit the government if Turnbull did not step down as leader.

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