Brandis trying to bury Culleton with $700,000 senate wages bill
Senate could investigate Attorney General George Brandis
West Australian ‘Senator in exile’, Rod Culleton, has today sent a letter to all Senators, informing them that his extension request for the purported Commonwealth debt of $700,000, is due to expire today. He has requested that the matters surrounding his removal from the Senate earlier this year be urgently addressed.
Mr Culleton has accused the Attorney-General of being in contempt of Parliament and claims that the High Court did not have the jurisdiction under section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, to remove him from the Senate based on the Senate’s referral on 7th November 2016.
“Section 353 of the Electoral Act clearly states that only a petition can be used by the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, to invalidate a member and remove them from Parliament. There has been no petition by the Senate in my matter and laws have appeared to been broken by the Attorney-General. Furthermore, his cavalier actions may have even brought the High Court into disrepute and that is unacceptable by the highest legal figure in our country.”
“I believe that Senator Brandis has misled the Parliament by hot-wiring the Court of Disputed Returns without a key, which was not activated correctly under the Electoral Act to remove me. His actions have not gone unnoticed by the people of Western Australia and also members within the legal profession.”
“As the highest court in the land, and under the Constitution, I have put the Senate on further notice and asked them to deal with the matter expediently. I believe that there have been serious constitutional breaches surrounding the passage of the motion that was granted leave, by the Senate.”
“I am standing up not only for the rights of my Western Australian constituents but also for my staff who were left jobless and financially disadvantaged due to this judicial abuse by Senator Brandis.”
Mr Culleton has said that he is currently in talks with Senators who have realised that there are serious questions that the Attorney-General must answer to before the Parliament and that Brandis now could find himself in breach of being disqualified from Parliament under section 44 of the Australian Constitution.