Just as background, to be an Australian politician you have to be an Oz citizen. Fair enough – but you cannot have any dual nationality either. Which has led to a few re#signing just recently as unknown or even unsuspected other passport rights come to light.
At which point:
Australia’s highest profile New Zealander, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, has received the second-most nominations for 2018 New Zealander of the Year.
Nominations officially close next month, at which stage the awards office said it would “assess Mr Joyce’s eligibility based on his citizenship and other criteria”.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s links to the Land of the Long White Cloud have been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks, amid Federal Parliament’s dual citizenship crisis.
Mr Joyce found he was a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand because his father was born there, which has led to his eligibility to sit in Parliament being questioned in the High Court.
Mr Joyce was seemingly left speechless when told about the nomination.
“Ha ha ha,” he said sarcastically to reporters in Warwick, Queensland.
OK, that’s a sense of humour failure there but well done to the Kiwis there, well done.