Sen­a­tor’s oust­ing ‘not po­lit­i­cal’

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

A BAR­RIS­TER with a strong in­ter­est in the Con­sti­tu­tion was the mys­tery whistle­blower who ended the par­lia­men­tary ca­reer of Greens deputy coleader Scott Lud­lam.

Mr Lud­lam earned more than $1.6 mil­lion while il­le­git­i­mately sit­ting in the Se­nate for nine years.

John Cameron’s dis­cov­ery that Mr Lud­lam had not re­nounced his New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship could mean the for­mer sen­a­tor has to re­pay his salary, as well as that of his staff.

Mr Cameron, a for­mer Abo­rig­i­nal Le­gal Ser­vice lawyer and so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate, said he was not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated when he ap­plied three weeks ago to the New Zealand Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs to search its reg­is­ter of cit­i­zens.

“I think the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion is im­por­tant,” he said.

“It is the ba­sic law of our coun­try.”

Mr Cameron wanted to know whether Mr Lud­lam or Vic­to­rian sen­a­tor Der­ryn Hinch had re­tained their cit­i­zen­ship, which would have made them in­el­i­gi­ble to be Aus­tralian sen­a­tors un­der Sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He learned that while Sen­a­tor Hinch re­nounced his New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship be­fore the last elec­tion, Mr Lud­lam had re­mained a cit­i­zen af­ter leav­ing the coun­try at age three.

Scott Lud­lam

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