UPDATE: Senator Fiona Nash has been deemed ‘ineligible’ by the High Court just before 2.30pm Friday afternoon.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Senators Roberts, Waters and Ludlam have also been deemed ineligible.
This means when Parliament returns on November 27 the Turnbull government will have lost its one seat majority in the House of Representatives.
The Turnbull government also needs a new Deputy Prime Minister and the National Party needs a new parliamentary leader as Fiona Nash was the deputy leader.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addressed media in Tamworth on Friday afternoon where he apologised to his constituents for the inconvenience and said there will be a byelection as soon as possible.
"I was always apprehensive....I was always prepared for this outcome," he said.
Mr Joyce said he will resign his ministerial positions:
"Obviously you're not going to be holding a ministry, because you're not going to be in the Parliament."
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Deputy Prime Minister 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.
Along with Mr Joyce, fellow Nationals MP Senator Matt Canavan, former Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters and One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts will also find out the outcome today.
Crossbencher Senator Nick Xenophon and Nationals Senator Fiona Nash will receive their decision in the coming weeks.
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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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See the previous coverage
- Barnaby Joyce says he’s no longer a Kiwi
- If an election was called tomorrow Barnaby Joyce would win
- Barnaby Joyce could face a field of candidates
- Labor Senator talks pub politics in New England
- Nationals shrug off downward swing in elections
- Another candidate for New England Region
- Barnaby Joyce engages legal eagles in Tamworth