Disqualified once, Rod Culleton referred to police over ‘false declaration’ for Senate

One of Pauline Hanson’s former senators has been referred to police over his nomination to contest the coming federal election after the Australian Electoral Commission questioned his declaration that he was fit to stand for Parliament again.

The commission referred Rod Culleton, a former Western Australian senator for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, to the police on Wednesday over concerns at his prior disqualification because he was an undischarged bankrupt.

Former senator Rod Culleton at the High Court of Australia during the 2016 hearing that led to his disqualification.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Culleton was sworn in as a senator in 2016 but fell out with Senator Hanson and quit One Nation to become an independent, before a dispute over his financial affairs saw his election challenged in the High Court.

He was declared bankrupt by the Federal Court in December 2016 over a $280,000 debt to a Perth businessman and disqualified from the Senate in a High Court decision early in 2017.


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