Australian Deputy Prime Minister and dual-Kiwi-citizen Barnaby Joyce has come under fire this morning after he was seen sub-consciously standing up for the New Zealand national anthem at the All Blacks match against the Wallabies last night.

Having this week been dubbed the Member for New Zealand, Mr Joyce has only made things worse for himself by forgetting that he wasn’t meant to be cheering the All Blacks.

A spokesperson from Mr Joyce’s office says it was purely a result of bad timing, as the MP was simply adjusting his Tamworth merino wool boxer shorts.

“He didn’t mean to stand up. Any allegations that he was singing the national anthem, including the Maori verse, as well are Fake News”

“Also any allegations that his ‘mana was pumping’ during the All Blacks haka are also fake news”

This comes just days after the Member for New England and thirteen year veteran of federal politics was seen in the Maroubra Police Citizen Youth Club polishing up on his haka with other local Kiwi kids.

National Party staffers close to Mr Joyce say that the Deputy PM has been able to find at least a few positives in this week’s revelations surrounding his dual-citizenship.

“Firstly, I think he is excited to finally support a winning rugby team” said one advisor.

“Albies, the Waratahs, The Wallabies. His usual teams having been doing much for him”

“At least now he can claim the Highlanders and The ABs”

It is also believed that Mr Joyce is relishing in the fact that, if he felt the need to marry a bloke, he would be able to do so – under New Zealand law.

A venue owner in the South Brisbane suburb of Logan has today leaked photos of the Deputy PM drinking a long neck of New Zealand lager out of a wooden crate, while visiting a Kiwi bikie pub in South-East Queensland.

This came shortly after a traumatised Tamworth-based Merino ram came forward with allegations of mistreatment at the hands of the politician, and GetUp campaigners accused him of trying to turn the central Queensland Adani Coal mine into a giant Hāngī.


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