Malcolm Turnbull’s confidence the high court will rule deputy PM eligible to sit in parliament labelled ‘somewhat optimistic’

• Barnaby Joyce a New Zealand citizen? That’s heart-stopping territory for the Coalition

Constitutional law experts say Barnaby Joyce’s future is under a cloud, despite Malcolm Turnbull declaring on Monday that the high court would find the deputy prime minister was eligible to sit in parliament.

Under heavy political fire from Labor in question time after the New Zealand government confirmed Joyce was a dual citizen, the prime minister insisted the government had no doubt the high court would tick the deputy prime minister’s eligibility to be an MP.

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