Court to rule on Canavan’s Senate future
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.