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Tony Abbott is now the prime minister’s Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs, while Barnaby Joyce is Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Could Section 44 exclude Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce from parliament?

While there is no evidence that Abbott and Joyce have accepted a salary for their special envoy roles, an offer of payment, if there was one, could cause them problems.
The dual citizenship crisis claimed five more scalps today: Katy Gallagher, Susan Lamb, Rebekha Sharkie, Justine Keay and Josh Wilson. Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation using AAP images

Dual citizenship debacle claims five more MPs – and sounds a stern warning for future parliamentarians

Today's High Court decision against Katy Gallagher has clarified how to interpret the constitution on this matter. But the problem of dual citizenship can only be properly fixed by a referendum.
Gallagher was ineligible to sit because she had not completed the renunciation of her dual British citizenship when she nominated for the 2016 election. Lukas Coch/AAP

Four MPs resign as citizenship crisis causes more havoc

The decision has reignited the citizenship crisis and transformed the political landscape.

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