Joyce's citizenship a diplomatic incident, Hanson wants to hobble the ABC

"A staff member in my office had informal discussions with New Zealand friends about domestic political issues, including the section 44 debate", the release read.

The New Zealand Labour Party has fired back at Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for making "false claims" about the party.

Until yesterday Mr Joyce was a New Zealand citizen by descent through his father, a status that was unknown to him when he stood for election.

Mr Hipkins' party leader Jacinda Arden said the question was unacceptable and that she was happy to discuss the issue with Ms Bishop on the phone.

The politician, Chris Hipkins, admitted that an Australian Labor Party member had suggested he raise the questions.

Maybe the fiasco will help remind the Australian Government of the "special relationship" it supposedly has with New Zealand.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull strongly defended his deputy during a rowdy Question Time, saying the Government was "very confident" of its legal advice and predicting the High Court will rule in Mr Joyce's favour.

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However Mr Hipkins says he was unaware of any issue relating to the Australian deputy prime minister when he asked the question.

FEDERAL Parliament's citizenship furore has descended into a slanging match of "baseless smear" and wild accusations thrown across the floor of both houses as drama escalates.

He said he would not resign or temporarily step down from office after being told by Australian Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue that he was likely to be cleared by the High Court. "I have also contacted the Australian High Commission to register my disappointment and will be meeting with the High Commissioner later today".

Wait, why is that a problem?

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Joyce said Monday he'd been advised he was a New Zealand citizen and an Australian court was being asked to determine if he should be kicked out of parliament because Australia's constitution bans lawmakers from being dual citizens.

It's an archaic law, especially now that a quarter of Australia's population was born overseas and another quarter have parents who were born overseas.

He labelled Mr Turnbull's position on Mr Joyce's citizenship saga "totally untenable" which made him look like a "towering hypocrite". Bill Shorten has sought to use a foreign political party to raise serious allegations in a foreign Parliament created to undermine confidence in the Australian government.

"I would find it very hard to build trust with members of a political party that had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government", Bishop said.

The incident gained global notoriety when then agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said the dogs, Pistol and Boo, had better "bugger off" back to the USA or he would have them put down. "They were not the instigator". "Australian media inquiries were".

'Foreign ministers ought to be above that, this foreign minister is not, ' he told Sky News.

The obscure rule was little known until recently but several lawmakers have fallen victim to it in recent months, leaving parliamentarians scrambling to clarify their ancestral ties.

"It hasn't (come up) until now because the two parties have had a mutual interest in not bringing it up", George Williams, dean of Sydney University Law school, told CNN.

"No-one sets out to confuse the public with their citizenship", he said.

He argued the court "will so hold" Joyce's right to sit in parliament.

What do Johnny Depp and Amber Heard think about this? But Tuesday is looking even worse, with Heard chiming in to remind Joyce how important it is to follow the law - just as he reminded her when she was caught with Pistol and Boo.

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