Australia Official Accuses New Zealand Party of Undermining Its Government
The main diplomatic ustralia today criticized New Zealand’s main opposition party, accusing it of trying to “undermine the Australian government” by exposing the details of the citizenship status of a great Australian politician.
Julie Bishop, the Australian chancellor and deputy leader of the right-wing Liberal Party, made the comments a day after the revelations have revealed that Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was New Zealand by descent.
The citizenship of M. Joyce is involved because the Australian Constitution does not allow dual citizens to be lawmakers.
His case will be decided by the Supreme Court of Australia and, if he is removed from office, the government will lose its majority in a vote in the lower house of Parliament and will have difficulty approving legislation.
The claim that an opposition party in New Zealand conspires to overthrow the Australian government is an incredible turning point in relations between the two countries, which have warm and long-term collegiate relationships despite the much broader influence of Australia in the World stage.
Population of about 24 million Australia is six times higher than that of New Zealand and the Australian economy is nearly 10 times greater than that of New Zealand.
Four other Australian politicians in recent weeks have resigned or been heavily scrutinized because of their citizenship, but as the second second elected official in the country, M. Joyce is the most important for citizenship is questioned. In addition to being the Prime Minister, M. Joyce is head of the National Law Party and former senator.
A New Zealand Labor Party politician also raised issues that need to be addressed later this week in the New Zealand Parliament, Australians have New Zealand nationality.
The politician, Chris Hipkins, acknowledged that a member of the Australian Labor Party had suggested increasing the questions.
Ms Bishop accused the Australian Labor Party of contacting the New Zealand Labor Party – two leftist opposition parties – to suggest an investigation into the citizenship of M. Joyce.
Ms Bishop specifically pointed out to Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party, saying she uses the New Zealand Labor Party to “ask questions in a foreign parliament deliberately designed to undermine confidence in the Australian government.”
New Zealand has a general election on September 23 and the Bishop said her government would have difficulty working with the New Zealand Labor Party won. He said that leftist parties in the two countries have endangered relations between Australia and New Zealand.
“I think it would be very difficult to trust the members of a political party that had been used by the Australian Labor Party to try to weaken the Australian government,” he said.
The new party head New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, called Mrs. Bishop false accusations.