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Validity Of Bob Day's Senate Eligibility Referred To High Court

Bob Day's election has been referred over a possible breach of the Constitution.

07/11/2016 1:49 PM AEDT | Updated 07/11/2016 1:57 PM AEDT
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Andrew Meares, Fairfax
Senator Scott Ryan says the High Court is the appropriate place to resolve the Bob Day and Rod Culleton disputes

CANBERRA -- The validity of the election of Senator Bob Day is now a matter for the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

A short time ago, the Senate supported a motion by the Special Minister of State Scott Ryan to ask the high court to rule on whether his election breached section 44 of the Australian Constitution.

The position of the now resigned Family First Senator is being challenged over whether he had an indirect pecuniary interest over the leasing arrangements for his electorate office.

Labor's Senate leader Penny Wong has accused the Coalition of "turning a blind eye" to the matters due to the former family First senators' support.

The Senate is now hearing a separate motion relating to sending the election of One Nation Senator Rod Culleton to the High Court.

Culleton had a larceny conviction at the time of his election. It has since been annulled.

More to come.

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