Opinion: High Court confirms Rod Culleton is not a senator – so what happens next?

February 4, 2017

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Lorraine Finlay explains what happens next in the Rod Culleton saga

Lorraine Finlay explains what happens next in the Rod Culleton saga

The High Court on Friday put a decisive end to the debate over the eligibility of Rod Culleton to serve as a senator for Western Australia, so what happens now?

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch University’s Lorraine Finlay looks at the laws behind the High Court’s decision and what will happen next.

“The court’s key finding was that the annulment on August 8, 2016, was only capable of operating prospectively – meaning the conviction was not avoided in its entirety by the annulment,” said the Lecturer from Murdoch’s School of Law.

“The most immediate effect of this ruling is that it is now beyond doubt that Culleton is no longer a senator – and, indeed, was never eligible to be elected as a senator in the first place.”

To read the full article, click here.

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