Another goner

The High Court has ruled against Kay Gallagher.

Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been thrown out of politics after the High Court found she was ineligible to sit in parliament.

The full bench of the High Court has ruled the ACT senator breached section 44 of the Constitution for failing to rescind her British citizenship before the 2016 election.

Let’s remind ourselves what Bill Shorten had to say about this last year:

The Labor Party has strict processes in place to ensure candidates are compliant with the Constitution. You can’t be nominated without going through these processes.

Hmmmmmmm. Calls for some music.

I suspect there will be a few byelections over the next few months.

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18 Responses to Another goner

  1. mh

    I think Labor has 3 lower house MP’s in similiar situations as Kay Gallagher.

  2. Slim Cognito

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. I’m sure they will try to get her back in at some point.

  3. stackja

    BS speaks BS.
    And Katy went to Uni then ALP.

    Gallagher was born and raised in the Weston Creek district of Canberra. She was educated in Duffy, and at Melrose High School and Canberra College (previously known as Stirling College), before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the Australian National University in 1990.[6]

    She was initially employed as a social worker, assisting with a community life skills project and working with children with disabilities. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as an advocate for People First ACT, a support and advocacy organisation for the intellectually disabled. Around this time, Gallagher became involved in the labour movement,[6] and took on a position with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), first working as a case manager and then a national organiser.

    In 1997, Gallagher’s fiancé, Brett Seaman (also a CPSU organiser), was killed in a cycling accident in Merimbula. At the time, Gallagher was 13 weeks pregnant with her first daughter. An 86-year-old female pensioner narrowly escaped a jail term for dangerous and irresponsible driving for the crash. The union movement assisted Gallagher with the funeral and court case that followed the accident.[7]

    Gallagher is a classically trained cellist and despite time constraints still plays.[8]

    Katherine Ruth Gallagher (born 18 March 1970) is an former Australian politician, a former member of the Australian Senate, and the former Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2014, representing the electorate of Molonglo for the Australian Labor Party.[4] She was also Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development.

    On 5 December 2014 Gallagher announced she would resign from the territory parliament, and run to replace Kate Lundy in the Australian Senate. On 11 December 2014 she resigned as Chief Minister and Andrew Barr was elected as her replacement.[5] She was appointed to the Senate by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 25 March 2015, a day after Lundy’s formal resignation, and was formally sworn in on the 26th.[1]

  4. stackja

    Codewords – The Dambusters
    http://www.thedambusters.org.uk › Operation Chastise
    Codewords. A code system was devised in order to relay messages back to Harris, Cochrane and Wallis at 5 group operations room at Grantham. A release of Upkeep would be signalled by the prefix Goner followed by a number indicating what had happened after the release of the weapon.
    Goner 1‎: ‎failed to explode Goner 2‎: ‎overshot dam
    Goner 3‎: ‎exploded more than 100 yards from d… Goner 4‎: ‎exploded 100 yards from dam

  5. H B Bear

    The union movement assisted Gallagher with the funeral and court case that followed the accident.[7]

    Wholly owned in other words.

  6. Habib

    Oh dear what a shame never mind. Astounding how many sodding foreigners seek to rule us.

    Can’t we have the remainder declared honorary citizens of what remains of Islamic state, so they can be tactically neutralized or returned to a place befitting their nature?

  7. egg_

    An 86-year-old female pensioner narrowly escaped a jail term for dangerous and irresponsible driving for the crash.

    Yup, dicing with death on a treadly.

  8. Habib

    Also it reads like she was hatched to mutate into a labor/greens apparatchik.

  9. Des Deskperson

    ‘She was educated in Duffy, and at Melrose High School ‘

    Duffy is not a school where I would expect to find too many working-class pupils. and Melrose High is rather more upmarket than the closer but yobbishly bogan Stromlo High.

    ‘In 1997, Gallagher’s fiancé, Brett Seaman (also a CPSU organiser), was killed in a cycling accident in Merimbula’

    Many Canberrans trace the ACT Government’s manic and largely unreasonable obsession with cyclist rights and bicycle safety to this event,.

    Having said that, I’ve met many union organisers who were far nastier and stupider than Gallagher.

  10. Habib

    I’ve met many union organisers who were far nastier and stupider than Gallagher.

    I’ve come across many canetoads that were much more warty and hideous than the bastard that was next to my pool last night, and he didn’t tee up when tapped on the chin like the dumber others. He still got the pitching wedge into the schoolground opposite. Looks, manners and even intellect are shallow pools when the toxicity runs deep.

  11. Egor

    Another cultural or practicing marxist gone. Excellent.

    And another sad story with a lesson, cyclists do not belong on roads with vehicle traffic. A nice bike path somewhere and a picnic is indicated or more deaths can be expected.

  12. Clint

    Now she needs to be forced to pay back all money she received while fraudulently acting as a member of parliament and all her decisions examined.

    All dual citizens and foreigners need to be banned from parliament.

  13. Shy Ted

    Don’t forget Albo. Italian father.

  14. H B Bear

    Ah Papa Albo. Here today, gone tomorrow.

  15. Econocrat

    Cellist? I think I can hear some violins, but no cello.

    I also find it insulting suggesting that someone could be “educated” at a school in Canberra. That’s like suggesting someone could receive healthcare in an ACT “hospital.”

  16. Mon

    How can one find out Turnbull’s state of the entitlement to be a politician.
    Was his mother born in England?

  17. Habib

    All money received under false pretenses should be recouped plus interest, offenders charged with fraud, and be made liable (or their party) for the full cost of the by-election. Politicians’ lives should be made more miserable than they make ours.

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