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Katy Gallagher



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BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

KATY GALLAGHER

I am deeply disappointed for Katy Gallagher today.

This is a loss to the Senate, and a loss for Labor. We are a better parliament with Katy in it, and a stronger party with Katy in our caucus.

Katy has always acted on the best available legal advice, which indicated that she had satisfied the eligibility requirements under the Constitution.

Today, the High Court has set a new precedent.

I know this period of uncertainty has been tough for Katy and her family. She has shown great resilience and grace in difficult circumstances.

As a community worker, as a disability advocate, as Chief Minister and as a Senator, Katy has always served others. She has made a valuable contribution to the Australian parliament, and to our shadow ministerial team.

Katy is a key part of Labor’s Senate leadership team. She is too good to lose from public life - and I know we won’t lose her. Katy has a lot more to contribute to Labor and to Australia.

The Labor Party will now consider what further implications today’s decision by the High Court may have.

WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018

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