Josh Frydenberg faces TWO judicial challenges before his election, as rival claims that the liberals have acted illegally – and a voter says he has evidence that the treasurer can be a Hungarian citizen
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg faces two legal challenges before his election
- Questions asked about his citizenship and the campaign behavior of the Liberal Party
- One of the voters of Frydenberg claims that he is entitled to Hungarian citizenship
- But the treasurer denies maintaining citizenship through descent and cites expert advice
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg faces two legal challenges before his election, after questions were asked about his citizenship and the campaign behavior of the Liberal Party.
Oliver Yates, who unsuccessfully challenged the Kooyong Victorian seat against Mr. Frydenberg, has submitted documents to the Supreme Court as the Court of Disputed Return.
A Kooyong resident Michael Staindl also filed a petition with the court on Wednesday, arguing that according to the constitution Frydenberg should be disqualified because he is entitled to Hungarian citizenship.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg faces two judicial challenges before his election, after questions were asked about his citizenship and the campaign behavior of the Liberal Party
Yates argues that the Kooyong elections were influenced by illegal behavior of the liberal party, as far as known to both liberal candidates, on the day of the elections.
The alleged illegality was behavior that would likely mislead or mislead voters with regard to voting.
The liberals gave permission for a sign on Kooyong voting booths on election day, with three characteristics: it was purple and white in the official colors of the Australian Election Commission; it had no liberal brand and did not refer to the liberal candidates or policies; and it was in the Chinese language.
The translation of the words was: & # 39; The correct way to vote: fill in the green ballot 1 next to the Liberal Party candidate and enter the numbers from the smallest to the largest in the rest of the boxes & # 39 ;.
On election day, the AEC said it would take no action because the signs were authorized and there were no rules for color schemes.
The same argument about signage is put forward by retired social worker and climate activist Leslie Hall in her challenge for the election of Gladys Liu in Chisholm.
Both voters are home to large populations of Chinese-speaking and ethnically Chinese voters.
Ms. Hall said she was deeply concerned about the & # 39; erosion of democracy & # 39; in Australia and beyond.
& # 39; I am concerned that the AEC deliberately allows misleading statements in a foreign language to be given to people who may not have access to English and thus to a full understanding of election processes, & # 39; she said in a statement on Wednesday.
Lawyer Michael Bradley, managing partner of Marque Lawyers, said the liberal party has gone too far in Chisholm and Kooyong.
& # 39; It placed signs that were clearly designed to make Chinese speaking voters think that the AEC encouraged them to vote in a certain way. That's just not on, & he said.
& # 39; None of our customers are motivated by politics to put their case forward, but by their conviction that the shift to anti-democratic and unfair behavior in our election process must be stopped before it gets worse.
& # 39; We will ask the court to hear both petitions and provide the necessary clarification for everyone about the limits of acceptable campaign behavior. & # 39;
Labor acting national secretary Paul Erickson said the party believed there was a strong case that the signage exceeded electoral laws.
& # 39; But the significant cost and long-term nature of a legal challenge means that we will not attempt to override the outcome through legal action at the Court of Disputed Return Shipments. & # 39;
Mr. Frydenberg's mother, who arrived in Australia in 1950, was born in Hungary in 1943.
But he denies maintaining citizenship through descent and cites expert advice.
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