Crikey Worm: scorned solicitor-general returns to haunt the government
Good morning, early birds. A familiar face returns to haunt the government at the High Court, and One Nation relegates Queensland's LNP to preference purgatory after a kerfuffle in Western Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
The solicitor-general who was forced to resign after a major falling-out with Attorney-General George Brandis has appeared before the High Court, arguing that letting MPs off the hook on the basis they did not know they were dual citizens would create chaos in Parliament.
Justin GleesonSC is appearing on behalf of another Coalition rival, former independent MP Tony Windsor, and yesterday took aim at the case being outlined by representatives for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Appearing for Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, David Bennett SC countered that allowing MPs to be excluded based on obscure foreign citizenship laws would only lead to a “genealogical witch hunt” at every election.