Federal

Jul 17, 2017

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

A hitherto obscure and low-order candidate has been thrust into the spotlight: Jordon Steele-John, a 22-year-old disability advocate with cerebral palsy.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Scott Ludlum resignation senate

What has already been a difficult year for the Greens suddenly got a lot worse on Friday, with the shock resignation of one of the party’s most popular and effective parliamentary performers.

When Scott Ludlam announced he had learned of his ineligibility to hold his Western Australia Senate seat by virtue of New Zealand dual citizenship, he became the third senator in a year to fall foul of section 44 of the constitution, which encompasses expansive grounds for disqualification that have been complained about here previously.

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