Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified by the High Court in a ruling regarding his citizenship.
The former deputy prime minister said he wasn’t surprised by the ruling, citing himself as cautious at a media conference at Tamworth look-out on Friday afternoon.
Mr Joyce has told the media he no longer holds any of his portfolios in the Nationals Party and his New England seat.
“Simple story, we’re off to a by-election,” he said.
“Right now I am Barnaby Joyce, standing on a bout in Tamworth.”
Mr Joyce refused to comment on the government minority stating he’s focusing on the people of New England.
He offered his support to Fiona Nash, former deputy leader of the Nationals, who is unable to contest in a by-election.
The New England by-election will be held on Saturday, December 2.
Earlier: Today Barnaby Joyce, along with six other politicians, will find out the future of their political careers.
The decision is expected to be handed down around 2.15pm.
The dual citizenship scandal has developed since August this year. It has been revealed Mr Joyce has dual citizenship with New Zealand.
New England faces a by-election if the High-Court rules Mr Joyce is ineligible to sit in parliament due to his dual New Zealand citizenship which he has since renounced.
Mr Joyce faces opposition from multiple parties in the New England, including long time rival independent candidate Tony Windsor.
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