Citizenship, the Nationals and Adani's uncertain coal mine

Parliament of Australia Citizenship Political parties Politics Coal Government expenditure Australia

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.

After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over citizenship issues, Barnaby Joyce declared "It's quite clear under section 44 you can't be a member of parliament and have dual citizenship. It's black and white."

But today he suggests there are shades of grey. To be clear, while there's no problem with Joyce asking the High Court to adjudicate, there is also no doubt that the Deputy Prime Minister's words are no reflection of his actual thoughts. His only principle is that of self-preservation. That's a real problem for any leader.

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