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Monday, 30 October 2017 11:23

Barnaby's bumpy ride

Relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medications Authority to Armidale is in the spotlight this week following Barnaby Joyce’s dismissal from his senior government posts last week.

Decisions made in relation to the Murray Darling Basin Plan managing water resources throughout about one third of Australia’s land mass are likely to come under scrutiny also.
More than 100 Turnbull government decisions are vulnerable to legal challenge as a result of Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash's dual citizenship status, according to Fairfax media.
Lawyers have concluded there is a high likelihood the work the pair has done over the past year will end up before the courts.
The federal opposition sought urgent legal advice at the weekend after the High Court disqualified Mr Joyce and Ms Nash from Parliament - plunging the government into crisis, threatening its majority and forcing a by-election in the NSW seat of New England.
Decisions that could be challenged include a range of ministerial appointments and grants, elements of the NBN regional rollout, water access entitlements under the Murray Darling Basin Plan and even Mr Joyce's controversial decision to move the APVMA to his New England electorate.

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