The date of five federal by-elections will be announced later this week

May 21, 2018

Speaker Tony Smith has told federal parliament the date for the five by-elections could not be set until new regulations were put in place to improve candidate processes in the wake of the citizenship crisis.

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says while he called for this whole fiasco to be settled once and for all by proroguing the parliament months ago, he’s hoping common sense will prevail.

SBS reports the earliest possible date for the by-elections if the writs were issued on Monday would be June 23.

Mr Smith said, "I will continue to consult with the (electoral) commissioner and party leaders about the timing of the by-elections and I hope to be able to update the house later this week."

Senator Bernardi says he thinks the upcoming by-elections have the potential to seriously hurt the Labor Party while he's confident the Liberal candidate for the South Australian seat of Mayo is a strong chance to win it.

Senator Bernardi told ABC’s 7.30 last November parliament should have been prorogued then.

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