MARK LATHAM DISCUSSES AN AUDIT WITH SHORTEN
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Neither major Party will agree to an audit because neither knows the potential outcome and both are nervous of it. But that ex-Labor thug turned respectable, conservative commentator without a job, Mark Latham, has suggested to Andrew Bolt that the Governor General should dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections. Bloody rubbish!
There are only two ways this mess can be resolved. One is that both Turnbull and Shorten agree to an audit. (Very unlikely.) The other way involves the AEC which is an independent statutory authority, and the High Court.
This matter is well within the purview of the Australian Electoral Commission which has a wide responsibility for, and conducts, Federal elections and referenda.
If Vladimir Putin was an endorsed candidate for Wentworth, the AEC would be the first to raise hell.
Among their vast areas of oversight is providing information and advice on electoral matters to Parliament, the Government, government departments and authorities, and conducting and promoting research into electoral matters.
Their responsibility also extends to the eligibility of those registering to stand in an election. That is part of their bloody job!
The AEC monitors voting
Turnbull protests that this suggested audit would be expensive and unnecessary… that is a lie.
The AEC is in an electoral hiatus at the moment and has plenty of time to sort this out without extra cost. It should require all MPs to furnish the Commission with proof of sole Australian nationality and residential status.
That should take care of most of them. Those who refuse to furnish such assurances must then be investigated by the Commission under the auspices of the High Court from which the Commission could successfully seek adjudication, if compulsion became necessary.
Regardless, if the AEC rules a Member ineligible there is not much a Member can do about it other than get up and walk out!
Once the dust has settled (within no more than 90 days) it becomes a case of the status quo obtains, the Government has an increased majority, or Shorten can claim the numbers to govern.
Whatever the case, this matter should not be allowed to aimlessly drift in unknown waters,
… even at the risk of accidentally installing a disastrous Shorten as PM.