The Turnbull government faces losing its majority after Bennelong MP confirms he is a dual British national

The Liberal MP John Alexander will resign from parliament, triggering a snap byelection, and increasing the precarious position of the Turnbull government.

After days of speculation, Alexander confirmed his intention to resign, a development which reduces the government’s numbers in the lower house to 73, minus the Speaker, because Barnaby Joyce is already contesting a byelection in New England courtesy of having been ruled ineligible by the high court.

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