Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 18, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS
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Australia's widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician Friday, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate.The citizenship crisis, based on a 116-year-old law which demands an elected lawmaker only have Australian citizenship, has rocked the Australian Parliament, ensnaring three government members, three Greens party MPs and Xenophon.Turnbull's one-seat majority in the lower house is in jeopardy after Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Monday said he may be ineligible for Parliament due to New Zealand citizenship by descent. Joyce has since relinquished New Zealand citizenship, but is awaiting a High Court ruling, along with several other politicians who believe they may have dual citizenship.If Joyce failed to win re-election in his rural seat, Turnbull would face a hung Parliament.
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