Chaotic day in federal parliament ends with procedural embarrassment for Turnbull following spat with New Zealand opposition

The Turnbull government lost a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives as the culmination of a chaotic and bitterly contested day where it elevated its dual citizenship crisis into a full blown trans-Tasman diplomatic incident.

The lost vote in the House late on Tuesday meant Labor amended environmental legislation to include a criticism that the Coalition was failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef – a procedural embarrassment that followed a day of rolling controversy about the deputy prime minister’s dual citizenship of New Zealand.

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