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Australian Minister Peter Dutton Faces Possible Disqualification

Australian Minister Peter Dutton Faces Possible Disqualification

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Nov 2018 4:48 AM GMT

Canberra: The Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) has launched a renewed push to have the country’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton disqualified from Parliament. The ALP’s power in the lower house of Australian Parliament, the House of Representatives, was bolstered on Tuesday when Julia Banks, MP for Chisholm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, announced she was quitting the governing Liberal National Party (LNP) to become an independent, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tony Burke, manager of ALP business, confirmed that the party would use its new position to try and refer the case of Dutton’s eligibility to serve as an MP to the High Court. Dutton’s eligibility to sit as a MP came under question in August when it was revealed that he was the beneficiary of a trust that received subsidies from the federal government via childcare centres.

Under section 44(v) of the Australian Constitution, anyone with a “direct or indirect interest in an agreement” with the government is ineligible to serve as an MP due to a possible conflict of interest. Legal advice from the Solicitor-General in August found that Dutton was “not incapable” of serving as an MP but conceded there was “some risk” he could be disqualified by the High Court. The ALP tried to refer Dutton’s case to the High Court in August but was foiled by the LNP, which held 76 of 150 seats in the House of Representatives at the time. (IANS)

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