Nationals won election for Coalition: Joyce

DUAL CITIZEN Senator Matt Canavan's future will be decided at 2:15pm tomorrow

Tensions within the Coalition have flared since the High Court last week booted Mr Joyce and his Nationals' deputy Fiona Nash from parliament due to their dual citizenship.

Mr Joyce's exit strips the government of its one-seat majority, but he could return through a likely by-election. His father was born in New Zealand and, despite being born in Australia and having never applied for NZ citizenship, the country claimed him as a citizen - ultimately leading to the High Court's ruling on Friday.

"I had no reason to believe I was a citizen of any other country but Australia". That is the way it is.

A by-election will be held in December in Joyce's electorate of New South Wales.

Barnaby Joyce has blasted Liberal Party figures for sniping at the Nationals over the dual citizenship saga, reminding them the junior Coalition partner was responsible for winning last year's election.

It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running.

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All said they had not been aware of their dual citizenship when they ran for election.

But he said there was a genuine uncertainty over any call made after it was clear Mr Joyce's eligibility would be tested by the High Court.

The New Zealand High Commission told him he had been a New Zealand citizen in August and he renounced his citizenship after that. However, the court said the lawmakers' foreign family ties were knowable.

Mr Joyce is confident other decisions he took as a minister will stand because his dismissal is not retrospective.

Another two politicians under scrutiny, senators Matt Canavan and Nick Xenophon, were ruled to have been validly elected.

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