Senator Cory Bernardi told the Senate this morning that another senator was in trouble on citizenship grounds, leading to speculation as to who the senator might be.
The Australian newspaper was first to report on senator Bernardi's claims, saying:
Australian Conservatives Cory Bernardi has suggested the government is aware of another senator who has concerns over their eligibility to sit in parliament and is keeping the matter a secret. Senator Bernardi, who has been calling for parliament to be suspended until the citizenship issue is resolved, attempted to move a point of order in the Senate to question whether all seated in the upper house were eligible. "One of the senators knows they are not eligible to be here because of the constitutionality and it would concern me deeply about the integrity of this institution if we consider formal business knowing that one of the people hasn’t fully informed the chamber of their status," Senator Bernardi said.
Senator Bernardi later tweeted:
What a big morning in Senate...expect more to come later today.— Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) November 13, 2017
Pity the poor taxpayer who has lost all confidence in their parliament and their politicians.
There has to be #ABetterWay #auspol @auconservatives
News Limited also carried this write-up of the situation.
Media outlets later today have speculated that the senator that Senator Bernardi is referring to is independent senator Jacqui Lambie.
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