Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

On Friday afternoon, the High Court ruled Joyce is no longer a Member of Parliament.

Among the 118 decisions under threat are ministerial announcements and grants, legislative instruments, water access entitlement payments, elements of the NBN rollout and the mobile black spot program.

"The first thing I want to say is that I want to thank the people of New England for the support I have been receiving, overwhelming support", he said.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four other Australian MPs have been ruled ineligible for election to parliament due to their dual nationality.

"I will be making sure that now we offer the people of New England the best service and continue on with jobs such as the relocation of the APVMA (the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority), Scone Bypass, the 37 new upgraded mobile phone towers in the area, the bridges through newer programs, whether it is the Carrara or Middlebrook Bridge".

Mr Joyce conceded Ms Nash would not return to the Senate, with her seat to be snapped up by Liberal candidate Hollie Hughes.

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Mr Joyce gestured at the New England countryside around him.

Mr Joyce is confident other decisions he took as a minister will stand because his dismissal is not retrospective.

Joyce was one of seven politicians whose eligibility to sit in parliament was thrown into doubt in recent months when it was found they were dual citizens, which bars them from being elected to the national parliament under Australia's constitution.

The court's decision means the government loses its one-seat majority in the lower House of Representatives as it awaits the by-election for Mr. Joyce's seat in December.

But potential votes on a banking royal commission and keeping Sunday penalty rates could yet prove a splintering headache for the Turnbull government.

Independent MP Cathy McGowan and NXT MP Rebekha Sharkie have indicated they will back the government in a no-confidence motion.

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