Court to rule on Cana­van’s Se­nate fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE fate of Queens­land Se­na­tor Matt Cana­van will be re­ferred to the High Court this morn­ing as the Se­nate sits for the first time since the cit­i­zen­ship scan­dal.

Se­na­tor Cana­van re­signed from Cabi­net af­ter re­veal­ing his mother had signed him up for Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship with­out his knowl­edge in 2006, po­ten­tially mak­ing him a dual cit­i­zen and not el­i­gi­ble to stand for Fed­eral Par­lia­ment. The Se­nate will to­day re­fer Se­na­tor Cana­van to the High Court to determine if he is el­i­gi­ble to keep his job, but the process could take months.

The Se­nate is ex­pected to ask the High Court to de­cide “if there is a va­cancy in the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Queens­land in the Se­nate” and if so, how that va­cancy should be filled.

Former Greens se­na­tors Larissa Wa­ters and Scott Lud­lum re­signed from the Se­nate last month af­ter re­veal­ing they were un­wit­tingly dual cit­i­zens. The Greens will re­fer the cases to the High Court to determine how their Se­nate spots should be filled.

Se­na­tor Cana­van has kept a low pro­file since stand­ing down from Cabi­net, but has said he had re­ceived le­gal ad­vice that he was not in breach of Sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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