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8       Qualification of Senator Gallagher—Vacancy in the representation of the Australian Capital Territory—Statement by President

The President informed the Senate that, a short time earlier, the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, answering questions referred by the Senate on 6 December 2017 ( see entry no. 3, 6 December 2017 ), had held that Katy Gallagher was incapable of being chosen as a senator for the Australian Capital Territory at the election held on 2 July 2016, by reason of section 44(i) of the Constitution.

Statement by leave : The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.