Barnaby Joyce nearly called it quits amid citizenship row

Barnaby Joyce

He said he was unaware of his dual nationality before the election.

"The leader of the National Party, the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia is qualified to sit in this house and the High Court will so hold", he said.

In August, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, said Barnaby Joyce would be cleared by the High Court to stand in parliament. "It's a pretty simple story - we're off to a by-election".

Mr Joyce will now have to fight a byelection to regain his seat.

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Voters will go to the polls in his seat of New England on December 2.

"Now I am going to make sure that I don't cry in my beer".

While the ruling initially put the Turnbull government's slim majority in the Lower House at risk, Independent MP Cathy McGowan promised the Coalition she would support it on supply and confidence.

One of the most controversial decisions in question is the relocation of the national pesticides agency from Canberra to Armidale in Mr Joyce's northern NSW electorate.

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The Australian constitution bans dual citizens... The government argued that five of the lawmakers should still be eligible, including Joyce, because they were unaware of dual citizenship at the time of the election.

The opposition has received legal and parliamentary advice on a range of decisions which could be challenged after the High Court disqualified Mr Joyce and Ms Nash from parliament.

The two senators allowed to stay in parliament were Matt Canavan, who the court heard might have inherited Italian citizenship from his Australian-born mother through Italian grandparents; and Nick Xenophon, who was born to Cypriot and Greek parents and had checked with both embassies to ensure he wasn't a citizen of those countries.

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