The Country Alliance says it has asked the Australian Electoral Commission to advise whether a candidate for the Greens party is eligible to stand for next month’s Federal Election.
Senate candidate Andrew Jones says the Commission’s website shows the Victorian Senate candidate’s occupation as “public servant”, which could disqualify her from standing under section 44 of the Australian Constitution.
“This is the same issue that caught Phil Cleary out when he was elected to the seat of Wills. He was a public servant on leave without pay and later deemed to be ineligible to stand”, he said.
Information published by the Australian Electoral Commission in April 2010 advises public servants intending to nominate should first resign their positions to ensure they comply with the Constitution.
“In this case, it would be impractical to hold the election up, so one way for the candidate to comply would be to resign her position as advised by the Commission”, he said.
“It would also be the fair thing to do because we disqualified a number of members who are public servants from nominating because of their occupation.
The polices that Country Alliance has provide a balanced range of positions designed to harness and grow regional communities, which creates jobs, which is of special importance to young people also voting for the first time.
In particular, the Country Alliance party is committed to the representation and preservation of the rights and interests of those who live in, work in, or enjoy, rural and regional communities. We believe in equality of access to education, transportation, communication and health care for regional and rural communities. We support freedom of access to the public lands for the responsible pursuit of legitimate employment and recreational activities.
We believe that the land management policies must be guided by and funded to meet the needs of the communities that live adjacent to public land or who access it for their recreation or livelihood.