Friday was one of the weirdest days in Australian politics since former Prime Minister Tony Abbott ate a raw onion.
It all happened because a number of parliamentarians were found to have possessed dual citizenship with another country, something that is forbidden under section 44 of the Constitution.
The decision? Barnaby Joyce, Larissa Waters, Fiona Nash, Malcolm Roberts and Scott Ludlam were all deemed ineligible to be in parliament, while Nick Xenophon and Matt Canavan were safe.
Because of the drawn out confusion over the citizenship matter, the High Court decision attracted massive attention -- so much so that in the minutes after the verdict, the High Court website even crashed.
The joint decision lead to the announcement of a by-election for Joyce's former seat of New England, to be held on December 2.
Here are some of the funniest reactions to the verdict:
— Kara (@KaraLambo) October 27, 2017
Malcolm Roberts has announced plans to appeal citizenship decision in a higher planetary court #Citizenship7— The Shovel (@TheShovel) October 27, 2017
— David Marler (@Qldaah) October 27, 2017
Nick Xenophon is still in estimates and is joking with the witnesses to be quick as he might only have a few minutes left #Citizenship7— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) October 27, 2017
Breaking: Tamworth to get new autobahn, international airport, very fast train and super fast broadband. #citizenship7— Stephen Spencer (@sspencer_63) October 27, 2017
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Malcom Roberts could be tempted to start a new party and call it "DUAL NATION" #citizenshipseven— Bruce Thurgood (@DBThurgood) October 28, 2017