Today the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns has ruled that I am ineligible to sit as a Senator in the Australian Parliament.
I am very disappointed by this outcome but I respect the decision of the Court.
I have spent the last 17 years of my life representing the people of the Australian Capital Territory, firstly in the ACT Legislative Assembly and more recently in the Senate.
It has been an absolute honour to hold elected office.
I have always performed my duties to the ACT community with honesty, integrity and a desire to make Canberra and Australia a better place for all of us.
I have always acted on the best available legal advice, which at all times, indicated that I satisfied the eligibility requirements under the Constitution. However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome.
To the people of the ACT I’m very sorry that this disruption has occurred to one of your federal representatives.
To have my place in the Senate end like this today is very deeply disappointing but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life and I will take the time to talk with Labor Party members on how I can do this over the months ahead.
It has been a privilege to serve the Canberra community and the Australian Labor Party in both the ACT and federal parliaments for almost two decades.
WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018