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An­other week and yet more politi­cians fall vic­tim to Sec­tion 44, with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce re­veal­ing that he is a New Zealand ci­ti­zen by de­scent. It didn’t take long for the jokes to roll in, with Aus­tralians and movie stars alike pok­ing fun at Mr Joyce for the sit­u­a­tion.

A Kiwi, a Scot and an Ital­ian walk into a bar. The bar­man says: ‘‘What do the lead­ers of the Na­tional Party want to drink?"

With his col­league and deputy Na­tion­als leader Fiona Nash also an­nounc­ing in the Se­nate on Thurs­day that she is a Bri­tish ci­ti­zen by de­scent, the jokes are sure to con­tinue into the com­ing weeks, with some sug­gest­ing that the Na­tion­als Party should be re­named the Dual Na­tion­als Party.

Twit­ter ac­count Shorten Suite, which is dubbed the ‘of­fi­cial ac­count of Bill Shorten’s me­dia unit’ took a shot of its own last week.

Amer­i­can ac­tress Am­ber Heard, who clashed with Mr Joyce when her and then-hus­band Johnny Depp were forced to apol­o­gise for il­le­gally bring their pet dogs Pis­tol and Boo to Aus­tralia, of­fered some com­fort for the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

Mad­di­son Con­naughton tweeted that she sus­pected Mr Joyce’s much loved Akubra was cov­er­ing up the se­cret.

Well-known satir­i­cal show The Chaser the­o­rised that Am­ber Heard and Johnny Depp’s dogs Pis­tol and Boo might want some re­venge af­ter Mr Joyce threat­ened to eu­thanise them last year be­cause they were il­le­gally brought to Aus­tralia.

Face­book page ALP Spicy Meme Stash used a re­cent New Zealand tourism cam­paign to poke fun at the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

Twit­ter user Andy Park stum­bled across a hu­mor­ous up­date to Mr Joyce’s Wikipedia page fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment.

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