CANBERRA -- In the midst of the drama of Cory Bernardi defecting from the Liberal Party, a bizarre performance was underway across the federal parliament.
Disqualified senator Rod Culleton was true to his word and turned up to the opening day of parliament to just be seen.
Without his politician perks, office and title, the former one Nation representative in Western Australia had to go through the public entrances and security like the rest of us.
And with his propensity for theatrics, parliament house security was keeping an eye on him.
What would or could Culleton do?
Former Senator Rod Culleton has arrived in the public viewing gallery of the Senate just after the President finished explaining his sacking— Joel Dry (@JoelDry9) February 7, 2017
Culleton cut a lonely figure as he sat in the Senate's public gallery, looking down at his former colleagues and comfortable seat.
The former Senator was not acknowledged and not ignored as the Senate President outlined his sacking and confirmed he actually owes the taxpayer his pay and super.
Senate Pres says One Nation ex-senator Rod Culleton is technically required to repay his senatorial salary but that the govt can waive debt— Karen Middleton (@KarenMMiddleton) February 7, 2017
He clearly misses being a Senator and still challenges all those court rulings -- including, you know, the High Court -- that he was ineligible to stand for election with a conviction and was disqualified from holding the office of Senator as he is insolvent.
"Well I tried my best... and did what I could for the Australian people but the court system is killing democracy," Culleton posted on Facebook.
Hanson is sitting stony faced while listing to the Senate President run down the disqualification of Rod Culleton— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) February 7, 2017
It is not certain what Culleton is attempting to do, apart from saying I am here and I am not going away.
Prediction that this will be Rod Culleton by the end of Parli's sittings pic.twitter.com/8EtI6oGkOz— Iōannēs Crouch (@heyitscrouchy) February 7, 2017
Well security may have something to say about that.
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