Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce Said Ignorance Is Not An Excuse For Dual Citizenship Bungle

In July regarding citizenship issues

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A transcript of a July radio interview with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has emerged, with Mr Joyce saying that "ignorance is not an excuse" for dual citizenship issues.

This comment was made in relation to Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam stepping down after becoming aware of their dual status.

Speaking on ABC's Radio National, Mr Joyce made the following comments on the matter, according to Buzzfeed.

"I think merely an oversight, but unfortunately that's the law. It's like if you're driving on the road without a licence and you get pulled over," he said.

"It's quite clear under s44, you can't be a member of parliament and have dual citizenship. It's black and white.

"Unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse, you're in strife...If you're going to serve in the Australian parliament, Australia is your master."

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