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9       Qualification of former Senators Ludlam and Waters—References to Court of Disputed Returns

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) moved the following motions together by leave:

No. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Court of Disputed Returns under section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 :

                 (a)   whether by reason of s 44(i) of the Constitution there is a vacancy in the representation of Western Australia in the Senate for the place for which Senator Ludlam was returned;

                 (b)   if the answer to Question (a) is ‘yes’, by what means and in what manner that vacancy should be filled;

                 (c)   if the answer to Question (a) is ‘no’, is there a casual vacancy in the representation of Western Australia in the Senate within the meaning of s 15 of the Constitution; and

                 (d)   what directions and other orders, if any, should the Court make in order to hear and finally dispose of this reference.

No. 2—That the following matters be referred to the Court of Disputed Returns under section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 :

                 (a)   whether by reason of s 44(i), of the Constitution there is a vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate for the place for which Senator Waters was returned;

                 (b)   if the answer to Question (a) is ‘yes’, by what means and in what manner that vacancy should be filled;

                 (c)   if the answer to Question (a) is ‘no’, is there a casual vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate within the meaning of s 15 of the Constitution; and

                 (d)   what directions and other orders, if any, should the Court make in order to hear and finally dispose of this reference.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.