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Australia’s Deputy PM Just Got Kicked Out Of Parliament And Twitter Is Losing Its Shit

Or: a memorial for those we lost in the great Citizenship 7 ruling of 2017.

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On Friday, Australia's deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, Nationals senator Fiona Nash, One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts, and two former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were found to be ineligible to be elected to parliament for holding dual citizenships.

GOING GOING GONE Barnaby Joyce 🙅🏻‍♂️ Fiona Nash 🙅🏼 Malcolm Roberts 🤦🏼‍♂️ Larissa Waters 🙅🏼 Scott Ludlam 🙅🏻‍♂️

1. Before the High Court's ruling was even handed down, its website crashed, which was to be expected.

Chances of High Court website crashing - 100% #citizenship7

2. But ultimately it was a sad day for some and a happy day for others. Most of the people on Twitter just saw it as an opportunity to make some jokes (which is good, it's Friday and it has been a WEEK.)

Can’t believe Senator Righto Winnie-Blues has been disqualified from parliament for feeding a brown snake up the tailpipe of his Datsun

3. First people honed in on the departing Barnaby Joyce, who was most famous for his bizarre battle with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard over their two dogs, Pistol and Boo.


We go live to Pistol and Boo


somewhere, in the darkened recesses of the high court chambers, pistol and boo laugh softly


Still waiting for the tweet from Amber Heard to say goodbye to Joyce #auspol


8. Then attention was paid to Malcolm Roberts, whose brief time in parliament was certainly memorable.

No matter what happens, Malcolm Roberts will still ~believe~ he is a Senator, which is all that counts.


Sorry to the 77 people who voted for Malcolm Roberts :( #citizenship7


Breaking: Sky News announce Malcolm Roberts new late night host. #Citizenship7


remember the time Malcolm Roberts was elected to the Senate? me either because legally it NEVER HAPPENED


Well I guess Malcolm Roberts’ ... climate changed 😎

13. Nick Xenophon, who managed to get off scott free, was making jokes before the ruling.

Nick Xenophon just told a committee witness to answer quickly because "I might only be here for another 5 minutes".

14. And then things just got silly.

s club (there ain't no party like an s club party) gonna swear allegiance (to another country tonight)


Remember Remember 27 October The High Court's dethroning of Joyce. I'll hear no bemoaning of Barnaby's owning As anything other than choice



This is better than watching Jarrod crying tbh #auspol


wait i just remembered Joyce is deputy PM…. hahaha Australia just lost its deputy PM because he's a foreigner oh boy



Astonishingly, the High Court has overturned the earlier judgment issue by Paul Murray

21. With five departing former or current senators, Australian parliament is a bit of a clusterfuck at the moment. Guess we just hope it gets sorted out over the weekend.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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