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High Court Rejects Rod Culleton's Last Attempt To Keep Senate Position

Hours after he announced he'd gatecrash parliament.

31/01/2017 3:29 PM AEDT | Updated 01/02/2017 8:40 AM AEDT
Fairfax Media
His last chance just disappeared.

The High Court has dismissed senator Rod Culleton's application to keep his parliamentary entitlements and senator spot while he awaits the outcome of two legal cases.

Hours after the former One Nation senator told reporters in Canberra he planned to sit in the Senate next week (despite his office being cleared out), the High Court cut off Culleton's final avenue in his bid to keep his senator title.

"I am a duly elected senator and I have made my position very clear," he said.

"Unless I have a court order that clearly says that I can no longer serve as a senator or I may have breached some part of the Constitution, I'm a senator," Culleton told reporters on Tuesday morning.

The former senator is fighting two legal cases, including a conviction for larceny which could have made his election ineligible and a bankruptcy appeal.

In December, Culleton was declared bankrupt in Perth's Federal Court. He was given a 21-day stay, while he appealed the case to the High Court but Senate President Stephen Parry ejected him from the senate before the 21 days were over.

Culleton has refused to give up his title and appealed to the High Court to keep his entitlements and senator spot, which was dismissed on Tuesday afternoon.

We'll wait to see whether he still shows up when Parliament resumes next week.



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