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Rod Culleton Is Sick Of The Government 'Mowing His Grass' In WA, Defies Senate Ejection

He's not backing down, for another week.

12/01/2017 3:39 PM AEDT | Updated 13/01/2017 8:48 AM AEDT
Fairfax

Embattled WA senator Rod Culleton is not backing down despite the Senate President ejecting him from parliament, claiming: "I've still got my senator's badge on and I'm going to my senator's office."

On Thursday Culleton lodged an appeal against his bankruptcy order and extended the 21-day-stay on the matter -- which was due to end on Friday -- for one week.

The appeal comes after Senate President Stephen Parry disqualified Culleton from Parliament on Wednesday night, after receiving official paperwork confirming Culleton bankrupt.

Under section 45 of the Constitution, a senator's seat is automatically made vacant if they are declared bankrupt.

The former One Nation senator was ruled bankrupt in December over failing to pay a $280,000 debt to former Wesfarmers director Dick Lester. However, a 21-day-stay was applied to the ruling giving Culleton time to appeal.

On Thursday afternoon, Culleton told reporters Senator Parry had "jumped the gun" by ejecting him from Parliament.

"The Government's been starting up all their lawn mowers to come and mow my grass in Western Australia. It is clear they have to put them back into the shed," Culleton said.

"I would also like to inform you that I am solvent and proof of that has been filed and evidence before the court. My application has already been filed, along with an appeal to extend the period of stay pending the hearing and determination of the appeal of the orders made against me.

"I'm taking one day at a time and I don't feel threatened... we're still in chapter one, let's keep going."



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