|The High Court of Australia has disqualified 5 MPs|
The High Court of Australia today disaqualified the following Members of Parliament because they did not comply with section 44 (Citizenship) of the Australian Constitution:
Barnaby Joyce (Nationals), [Government MP]
Malcolm Roberts (One Nation),
Larissa Waters (Greens),
Fiona Nash (Nationals) [Government MP], and
Scott Ludlam (Greens) are disqualified
Nick Xenophon (NXT) and Matthew Canavan (Nationals) are safe
There will now be a by-election in Barnaby Joyce's seat of New England
The Government loses its one-seat majority until after that by-election and will be unable to assure passage of legislation through the Parliament.
The government must now go into caretaker mode pending the by-election compelled by the judges of the High Court.