A candidate for Pauline Hanson’s One Country celebration has been referred to the Australian Federal Police after allegedly nominating to run in two other seats on reverse facets of the rustic.
The Australian Electoral Fee published that it had referred Malcolm Heffernan to the AFP after finding he had nominated to face within the New South Wales seat of Banks and the Western Australian seat of Logo.
The nominations have been for 2 separate events. Heffernan was once decided on because the One Country candidate in Banks, however was once status for the little-known Australian Federation celebration in WA.
In a remark the AEC mentioned that every of Heffernan’s nomination paperwork contained a signed declaration that he “didn’t intend to be a candidate in another election held the similar day”.
The paperwork allegedly had variations within the indexed data, “together with a unique date of delivery, and a unique expression of the candidate’s title,” the AEC mentioned.
One Country and Malcolm Heffernan were contacted for remark.
It marks the second one time all the way through this election that the AEC has referred a candidate to the federal police. Closing week the fee referred former One Country senator Rodney Culleton to the AFP after he nominated to run for the “Nice Australia celebration” within the WA Senate.
The AEC mentioned it had referred Culleton’s case alleging he declared he was once no longer an undischarged bankrupt or bancrupt. However the fee mentioned Culleton was once indexed as an ‘undischarged bankrupt’ at the Nationwide Private Insolvency Index.
“The AEC has referred Mr Culleton’s candidate nomination shape to the Australian Federal Police to determine if a false declaration has been made,” the fee mentioned.
“The result of the AFP’s exam of this subject will likely be a question for the AFP to advise sooner or later.
“If the AEC is gifted with compelling proof that different applicants within the 2022 federal election can have additionally signed a false declaration, we can believe whether or not an identical referrals to the AFP are warranted.”
After the AEC referred his case, Culleton mentioned he had “by no means been a bankrupt at regulation”.
“This subject was once referred through the AEC in 2019 and was once pushed aside via loss of proof … It’s not that i am in contravention [of section] 44 [of the] Charter … and [am] merely going again to handle unfinished trade to triumph over the injustice that has came about,” he mentioned.
Culleton was once declared bankrupt in 2016, and was once pushed aside from the Senate. He appealed to the WA ideal court docket, however the conviction was once upheld.