Dut­ton’s last stand

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

HOME Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton’s ar­ro­gant stance on his el­i­gi­bil­ity to sit in Par­lia­ment and ap­par­ent con­fu­sion be­tween paid le­gal ad­vice and ju­di­cial rul­ing of con­tested in­ter­pre­ta­tion of law seems to be a des­per­ate at­tempt to avoid a re­fer­ral to the High Court for a de­ci­sion of whether he has a “di­rect or in­di­rect pe­cu­niary in­ter­est with the Com­mon­wealth”.

This is un­der Sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing pay­ments by the Com­mon­wealth to two child­care cen­tres he has an as­so­ci­a­tion with in Queens­land.

Whether Mr Dut­ton (pic­tured) refers him­self, or is re­ferred by Par­lia­ment, to the High Court, he can­not be sure that his case will suc­ceed.

Re­call the dual-cit­i­zen­ship saga of Justine Keay (fed­eral Mem­ber for Brad­don) and ACT Se­na­tor Katy Gal­lagher, who both had to re­sign af­ter the High Court ruled that Ms Gal­lagher did breach sec­tion 44 of the Con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing her UK cit­i­zen­ship.

Th­ese were lu­cid cases where a politi­cian’s le­gal ad­vice and High Court rul­ing were in­com­pat­i­ble part­ners re­gard­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of law. Ken­neth Greg­son, Carindale

BURIED in all the bab­ble about Peter Dut­ton’s right to re­main in Par­lia­ment is the in­sane “cap­tain’s call” by Mal­colm Turn­bull to hand over $444 mil­lion of our money to The Great Bar­rier Reef Foun­da­tion, sim­ply to ap­pease the Left. The de­ci­sion helped spark the re­volt in the first place. P.C. Wil­son, Gold Coast

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