Citizenship scandals, same-sex marriage and foreign interference dominate the messy politics of 2017

OPINION & ANALYSIS: 2017 has been a year of deep uncertainty in much of the world, while in Australian politics it has been one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions.

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New blow for Labor as David Feeney hits citizenship hurdle

Evidence cannot be found that Victorian MP David Feeney has renounced his British citizenship. Labor would be at high risk of losing his Melbourne seat of Batman to the Greens if he were found to be ineligible.

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Coalition behind in two new polls as triumphant Joyce heads back to Canberra

The Australian parliamentary week will be dominated by same-sex marriage and MPs’ citizenship. The government will also introduce a suite of legislation targeting foreign interference and espionage, all while welcoming back Barnaby Joyce.

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Citizenship crisis claims Nick Xenophon Team’s Kakoschke-Moore

A tearful senator said she was “heartbroken” and would ask that her case be referred to the High Court.

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Attention all Aussie MPs… You should probably read this

What the recent brouhaha in Australian politics has shown us is that there are many more dual citizens living Down Under than most would have thought. If you’re an MP, this is bad news, but if you’re a regular member of the public, this could be great news.

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Former Labor premier Kristina Keneally to stand in Bennelong byelection, a major threat to Turnbull government

Kristina Keneally, a former premier of NSW, announces high profile candidacy for seat vacated over citizenship crisis, threatening the Coalition’s majority.

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Jacqui Lambie resigns: latest casualty in dual citizenship fiasco

Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie steps down after discovering she is a British citizen.

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Coalition and ALP reach deal on citizenship disclosure

Labor claimed it got all it wanted in the deal; the government claimed the ALP wished to include further clauses designed to clear MPs on the basis that they had taken “reasonable steps” to renounce dual citizenship.

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Five ways you didn’t know you could claim British citizenship

What many people aren’t aware of – and just ask a few Aussie politicians, hey – is that there are over 100 ways to claim British citizenship. Here’s just a sample…

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Turnbull proposes all MPs make declarations on citizenship as doubts raised about another Liberal

Malcolm Turnbull stressed this would not be an audit – for which there have been widespread calls. Meanwhile, Liberal backbencher John Alexander “believes” his father renounced British citizenship.

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Shorten urges MPs all disclose citizenship to parliament

Bill Shorten says Labor would support a ‘universal disclosure to the parliament’ on citizenship, as crisis continues to unfold.

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High Court knocks Barnaby Joyce out in dual citizenship case as byelection looms in New England

Barnaby Joyce heard the news while he was in his electorate. He goes into the byelection virtually certain to be returned – especially after the former independent MP for the seat, Tony Windsor, announced he would not stand.

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High Court sets dual citizenship hearings for October

Uncertainty for government prolonged by High Court while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten repeats call for two senior Coalition frontbenchers to stand down from ministry.

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Govt in turmoil over Barnaby Joyce NZ citizenship, Bishop accuses Labor of collusion with Kiwis

Labor denies collusion with NZ colleagues to destabilise government over Barnaby Joyce citizenship affair, counter-accusing foreign minister of creating a diplomatic incident with Australia’s closest ally.

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High Court to rule on whether Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealander

Australian government rocked by revelation that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce might be a citizen of New Zealand, potentially making him ineligible to be a federal MP.

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