SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SPEECH

9 May 2018

HIGH COURT RULING ON ELIGIBILITY OF SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER

STATEMENT TO THE PARLIAMENT

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News has arrived of the decision of the High Court today and of course the Australian Labor Party will respect the totality of that decision.

I only make two points in relation to Senator Gallagher. The first is that she is a woman of great integrity who always acted in accordance with the advice given to her, her understanding of the legal issues and always acted in good faith.

The second point I make is this; former Senator Katy Gallagher is an outstanding Senator, an outstanding representative of the community and people of the ACT and she is an important part of Labor’s Senate leadership team and she is too good to lose.

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra