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his being declared bankrupt on Dec 23 made him ineligible to be a Senator - a fact he neglected to mention and got caught out on it. Hanson had every right to disown him,
The High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, may yet decide Mr Culleton was not eligible to even be a candidate, due to an outstanding conviction
Thats why banks have hit back hard at him. The bankruptcy that is being talked about with him is about a $7 - $10 key to a truck he withheld from those the banks sent to evict him from his farm in Narrogin.
the counting of first preference votes, also known as the primary vote, takes place first. If no candidate secures an absolute majority – 50% plus 1 – of primary votes, then the candidate with the least number of votes is “eliminated” from the count. the ballot papers of the eliminated candidate are examined and re-allocated amongst the remaining candidates according to the number “2”, or second preference votes.
I suggest that this action is being driven by the banks to get him out of politics as punishment for criticizing the banks in his inaugural speech. Culleton is the only hope we Australians have to restore the constitution and our and our own constitutional protections.
But if Parliament is a popularity contest, then the Senator fell short. Senator Hanson failed to score the number of ballots required to be voted into one of the seats reserved for independent senators. That seat went to Senator Stirling Griff of the Nick Xenophon Team in a 35-30 vote.
Instead, Ms. Hanson only scored the job when the government gave up one of its seats and Liberal Senator John Williams was discharged from the committee.