Good thing ALP’s candidate vetting systems are sound

Labor senator Katy Gallagher found ineligible by High Court

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.

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29 Responses to Good thing ALP’s candidate vetting systems are sound

  1. Craig

    Hahahahahahahahaha! Adios and go and find a real job

  2. Des Deskperson

    ‘Adios and go and find a real job’

    I don’t believe the she’s ever had one before. She was a Community and Public Service Union officer before she entered politics. I’d dealt with her briefly and found her reasonable and rational. Colleagues who had a lot more to do with her agree. She would make a perfectly competent EL1 in some APS line agency.

    So who would replace her? It would almost certainly have to be a woman, but female talent seems pretty light-on in ACT Labor. There’s ACT Minister Megan Fitzharris, who is reportedly being groomed to be Chief Minister some day, but lately she has copped a lot of stick over our incompetent and mismanaged ACT health and education services, so she might want to bail.

    BTW, Megan was born and grew up in New Zealand.

  3. littledozer

    Mr Leigh rejected that Labor MPs should provide documentation showing they are not dual citizens.

    He said it was part of a game played by “right-wing extremists” who copied the tactics of a group of conservatives in the United States who claimed the former US president was born in Kenya.

    “We have an absolutely transparent process and this call for the production of certificates is frankly the analogy of the US birther movement,” Mr Leigh told Sky News this morning.

    “I don’t like right-wing extremists at the best of times but I particularly dislike them when they’re just playing derivative games.

    “This is just them photocopying the right-wing strategies of the extremists in the United States who ran that extraordinary campaign to get Barack Obama to release his birth certificate.”

  4. Splatacrobat

    Even with the mansplaining of the High Court poor Katie can’t accept her position is untenable.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Did the half black ever show his birth certificate to stop the allegations ? Simplest thing in the world to show it. If it’s lost Im sure the POTUS would have no problem getting an extract rapidly .
    If he didn’t show it he obviously has something to hide ,it’s perfectly reasonable to get the POTUS to prove he is US born,doesn’t need “an extreme right plot “ to ask for proof the electoral authorities should check this fact on nomination foreign born are not allowed the job must be US born .

  6. Egor

    Another cultural foreign alien gone, excellent.

  7. Egor

    I’m tipping Obama’s birth certificate un-photoshopped is the Don’s farewell gift to America in 2024.

  8. DD

    None of these imposters and confidence tricksters have been prosecuted for falsely swearing their exclusive Australian citizenship. Unceremonious removal from the Australian Parliament is the consequence of their mendacious arrogance. The absence of attempts to impose any penalty reeks of collusion and the government’s approval of the excluded persons’ actions.

  9. Fleeced

    Katy Gallagher, Susan Lamb, Jusine Keay, Josh Wilson from ALP all leaving as a result of the citizenship thing.

    Apparently unrelated, ALP’s Tim Hammond resigning from Perth seat to “spend more time with the family”

    Also, crossbencher Rebekah Sharkie in SA (seat of Mayo) caught in dual citizenship saga.

    So, that’s 6 by-elections – 5 ALP and 1 independent. Wow!

    It’s fun to watch.

  10. None

    The second candidate will replace Gallagher- some dude called Smith. Really happy to see Rebekha Sharkie forced to resign no. I reckon Jamie Briggs wife will be spitting. There are still a few more MPS and senators in citizenship trouble. This lot just claimed that they took steps before to renounce it. A few others have yet to prove they have renounced it at all.

  11. Fleeced

    Of course, it’s five by-elections, not six – the senate replacement is chosen by faceless men, not voters.

    Still… good times.

  12. Davo

    They will all run for re-election (by-election or general) and most will be re-elected by idiots, who appear to be in the majority in Australia, and who get what they deserve.

    Rewarding dishonest people who falsely swore they were Australians with no other allegiance…and have hung on pretending when it was obvious to all that they were ineligible. The fact that the government did not refer them all or do an audit just tells us that they have their own problem children

    And the taxpayers have now paid for their salaries under false pretences, paid for their defence, and will help pay for their re-election…and if they are dumped, do we have to pay for their ‘adjustment’ payment for the little darlings to get used to turning up for a normal job.

    Parliamentarians should be on an average salary (do it once ‘you’ve done good’ for the sake of the country; besides, they pay for very little while on the job). Even worse, just ask Banarnaby and his ‘assistant’ if $500 collectively to spend nights 60 mins form home is comfortable enough.

    No wonder people have given up

  13. nemkat

    Did the half black ever show his birth certificate to stop the allegations .
    Yeah, but it had been fotoshopped. No one seriously believed he’d been born in Kenya, since there wasn’t any evidence that Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham had ever met.

    The most likely scenario was that lifelong CPA member and therefore probable FBI informant Frank Marshall Davis was the daddy. They shared similar West African facial features, whereas Obama Sr. had the typical high forehead, test tube shape East African head.

  14. nemkat

    In 75 years, the Liberal Party has never won a Federal Seat from the Opposition at a By Election.

    Having 5 on one day in what are notionally marginals, and losing the lot, could be seen as a harbinger of doom.

  15. Des Deskperson

    ‘The second candidate will replace Gallagher- some dude called Smith. ‘

    Is that mandatory? David Smith is an industrial organiser with Professionals Australia, formerly the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) union. He used to work in the ACT Public Service. he’s been second on the ALP Senate ticket since IIRC, 2001.

    He’s a nice guy but a non-entity whose only quality seems to be loyalty to the party over decades.

    He may deserve a seat just for that, but I thought that there would be pressure to select a female.

  16. stackja

    Dr Fred Lenin
    #2706719, posted on May 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    A pretend document was produced and the MSM shouted down any criticism.

  17. Dr Fred Lenin

    All youse people attacking the alp s selection process are wrong , they strenuously check morality,honesty and suitability of personality the checks are thorough . Just because Williamson. Thompson. Giliard were accused falsely the system is good . Monty will verify that . You

  18. ‘The second candidate will replace Gallagher- some dude called Smith. ‘

    Is that mandatory? David Smith is an …
    He’s a nice guy but a non-entity whose only quality seems to be loyalty to the party over decades.
    He may deserve a seat just for that, but I thought that there would be pressure to select a female.

    Des, IIRC yes it is mandatory.
    The High Court ordered a recount, as if Ms Katy was never on the ticket. This will almost certainly mean No. #2 spot (David Smith) is “elected” – belatedly.

  19. Menai Pete

    Don’t forget that this all started with the failed ALP attempt to remove Barnaby Joyce from Parliament.
    Prompted by the Australian Labor Party, the NZ Labor Party colluded in concocting seemingly innocuous questions about Barnaby Joyce’s citizenship. That is what started the Section 44 frenzy. The Liberal and National Parties survived and after the by-elections will probably have more seats in the Parliament.

  20. Menai Pete

    Is robustly singing the “The Internationale” an “acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power?

  21. Shy Ted

    As the dolphin said in Hitchhikers Guide – “goodbye and thanks for all the money, I mean fish”.

  22. Des Deskperson

    ‘Des, IIRC yes it is mandatory.’

    Thanks Serena

    Since ACT Senators are only elected for three year terms, Smith would presumably fill the gap over the next 13 months and then Gallagher – meant to be poshly pronounced as ‘Gallaher’, there was apparently a memo about this circulated through the ACT public service when she first became a member of the ACT Government – would stand again.

  23. Des, perhaps this clear it up: (Excerpt of a post by Snoopy from today’s open thread)

    Snoopy #2706797, posted on May 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    The court ordered a special recount should be held to fill the vacancy. Union official David Smith is the next candidate on the Labor Senate ticket.

    Mr Smith said if and when he took the seat, he had no plans to step aside and create a casual vacancy to allow Ms Gallagher to return to the Senate.

    “I think the right thing to do would be to ensure that the decision of the High Court isn’t perceived in any sort of way to be undermined,” he told ABC Radio Canberra.

  24. Des Deskperson

    ‘Mr Smith said if and when he took the seat, he had no plans to step aside and create a casual vacancy to allow Ms Gallagher to return to the Senate.’

    I guess that, after decades of drudgery in the APS, the ACTPS and the union movement. Mr Smith has finally achieved his heart’s desire.

  25. None

    I think there were 17 Labor MPs and Senators who were potential duals (more if you count Libs, Greens etc). How many have we tested so far?

    For once I will say the Greens did the right thing and resigned immediately even if they were pretty stupid not to have done their homework given they were born overseas. The rest are shytes although I get that Barnaby wanted to go immediately too except for Lucy’s dodgy legal advice (that was a spectacular leak by Barnaby, noting how Lucy was in the office when Turdbull hauled him up, finishing Turdbull’s sentences for him. God, I miss Bill Leak. He would have had a field day with that one)

  26. amortiser

    So according to Shorten the ALP is meticulous in vetting its candidates. Makes you wonder what it would be like if they were half hearted about it.

  27. H B Bear

    Peanut Head’s problem is taking lying Liar candidates at their word. Luckily for him Australian voters are happy to do the same.

  28. Clint

    Every single one of these bastards needs to be charged with fraud and forced to pay back every cent of taxpayer money they were paid or was used for their campaign or for their legal expenses. It is fraud, nothing less.

  29. JohnA

    Des Deskperson #2707145, posted on May 9, 2018, at 7:09 pm

    ‘Mr Smith said if and when he took the seat, he had no plans to step aside and create a casual vacancy to allow Ms Gallagher to return to the Senate.’

    I guess that, after decades of drudgery in the APS, the ACTPS and the union movement. Mr Smith has finally achieved his heart’s desire.

    Score one for the new member.

    Also, score one for Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” whereby self-interest results in social right-ness ie. the old member will not be rewarded for causing all this trouble by falsifying her qualification for office.

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