Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is no longer a New Zealand citizen. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is no longer a New Zealand citizen. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Barnaby no longer a Kiwi

AFTER an extraordinary bombshell 24 hours earlier, Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is no longer a New Zealand citizen.

The Nationals leader told Parliament he had received verbal confirmation before Question Time that his application to renounce his NZ citizenship had been accepted.

He is now awaiting documentation.

It comes as New Zealand Labour leader Jacinda Ardern hit back at Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for making "false claims" about the NZ Labour Party.

In a strongly-worded statement, Ms Ardern said she will meet with the Australian High Commissioner later today to "register my disappointment".

Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra it would be "very difficult to build trust" with a Labour government should the opposition party win the upcoming New Zealand election, which will be held on September 23.

Ms Ardern said it was "highly regrettable" that Ms Bishop had chosen to make "false claims" about the New Zealand Labour Party.

"I have been utterly transparent about the situation. I stand by my statements that I knew absolutely nothing about the Barnaby Joyce case until it broke in the media yesterday afternoon," Ms Ardern wrote.

"I had no knowledge about the parliamentary questions lodged by Chris Hipkins MP. I have also been clear that those questions were not appropriate."

Ms Ardern said she would "happily" take a call from Ms Bishop to discuss these matters.

Ms Bishop today accused the Labor Party of compromising relations between Australia and New Zealand, saying it would be hard to develop a relationship with members of a party that had been "used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government".

She slammed Opposition leader Bill Shorten for "treachery" in a spirited press conference after revelations a Labor MP prompted a New Zealand Labor MP to probe Barnaby Joyce's citizenship status.

"Bill Shorten has sought to use a foreign political party to raise serious allegations in a foreign Parliament designed to undermine confidence in the Australian Government," Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra.

"Bill Shorten has serious questions to answer.

"This is highly unethical, at least.

"But, more importantly, puts at risk the relationship between the Australian Government and the New Zealand Government."

She called on Mr Shorten to reveal the name of the MP who spoke to New Zealand Labor.

"We're used to the dodgy backroom deals from Bill Shorten when he was leader of the union movement - he's now brought that not only into Australian politics but now into the international politics."

Meanwhile, Malcolm Turnbull defended Mr Joyce in Question Time today while slamming the Labor Party for "plotting" to undermine the Australian government.

"No-one's ever doubted the loyalty of the Deputy Prime Minister to Australia. But what about - what about - what about the Leader of the Opposition," he said.

The Prime Minister also pressured Labor MPs to provide documents to show they weren't dual citizens.

"Where are the documents, let's see them," Mr Turnbull said.

Labor MP Tony Burke hit back at Ms Bishop's claim Labor's actions would affect her ability to work with the New Zealand government.

"If the Foreign Minister won't work with the New Zealanders, how will she work with the Deputy Prime Minister," he said.

A Liberal backbencher also asked the Prime minister to outline the threat of "foreign state interference".

Next month, Australia's acting Prime Minister will be a citizen of New Zealand.

Asked by Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek who would be Acting Prime Minister when he went overseas in September, Mr Turnbull said the "usual arrangements" would be made.

Fairfax Media reports another Liberal MP, Anne Sudmalis, is seeking clarification on whether she is a dual citizen.

Ms Sudmalis has contacted the UK government to clarify her citizenship status.

While Ms Sudmalis was born in NSW, her mother was a British immigrant.

"I had no knowledge about the parliamentary questions lodged by Chris Hipkins MP. I have also been clear that those questions were not appropriate."

   

Ms Ardern said she would "happily" take a call from Ms Bishop to discuss these matters.

News Corp Australia


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