Pauline Hanson and her Party’s 2 other Senators have deserted Senator Rod Culleton in his time of need which won’t go unnoticed by many of the One Nation voters. Last week, in a move that could be strongly argued is politically motivated, the Queensland Labor Party Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath referred a complaint against Mr Culleton to the Queensland Police for possibly attempting to pervert the course of justice and threatening a judicial officer.
The criminal allegations against Mr Culleton relate to the below letter he sent to a Queensland magistrate. For some reason the Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo got involved and wrote complaints to the federal and state Attorney-Generals. What I find most disturbing is that once Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo wrote complaints to the Attorney-Generals then it automatically become a political football for people to kick around as they liked and Magistrate Rinaudo would have known this.
Below is Senator Culleton’s letter to the Queensland Magistrate sent on the 15/11/2016. (The Magistrate’s name was already deleted)
The SMH reported:
“Ms D’Ath wrote to federal Attorney-General George Brandis after receiving correspondence from Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo, asking for information about what actions the federal government had taken in relation to Senator Culleton’s letter.”
“Ms D’Ath said she was deeply concerned about the matters raised with Judge Rinaudo, which she said could relate to the integrity of the courts and the administration of justice in the state.” (Click here to read more)
If Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo truly believed a crime had taken place there was nothing stopping him from referring the matter to the police. In fact, Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo or the original Magistrate who received the letter from Senator Culleton could have instituted contempt proceedings against Senator Ray Culleton themselves without the need of involving the police. So, you have to wonder why the Magistrates didn’t take action themselves but instead kicked the ball to the politicians which has made the situation worse and even more political than it was in the first place.
The reality is that, while it was stupid for Senator Culleton to send the letter, at the end of the day the complaint is frivolous at best and nothing will happen except to waste taxpayer’s money on an investigation.
And where has Pauline Hanson been while this has been happening?
As soon as the police investigation hit the media last week Pauline Hanson put out a media release on Twitter distancing herself, and the other 2 One Nation Senators Roberts and Burston, from Senator Culleton and the letter. There was only one tweet for the 22nd November on Hanson’s Twitter account, @nd that was the below media release.
Pauline Hanson has had very little to say since and hasn’t put out any more media releases on the matter.
There are two One Nation Senators from Queensland, Senator Pauline Hanson and Senator Malcolm Roberts, and I would have thought both of them would have unloaded on the Queensland Labor government for making the police complaint against Senator Rod Culleton. For whatever reason both have had almost nothing to say on the matter.
This is quite disgusting given Pauline Hanson has long complained about the ““political witch-hunt” against her” that resulted in her spending time in jail in 2003.
“Queensland senator-elect Pauline Hanson has fought back tears recounting her 2003 jailing over quashed political corruption charges, blaming Tony Abbott and John Howard for a “political witch-hunt” against her.“ (Click here to read more)
For all of Mr Culleton’s failings, and there seems to be plenty, he deserves some support from his own political party. At least one positive is in Mr Culleton’s letter where he says that he has “foreshadowed a motion” “to recall a number of judges for ‘proven misbehaviour”. If he does that then he will likely have a lot of support from the public and this website. Obviously, we would want to see the fine details first.
The police investigation is on top of Senator Culleton looking down the barrel of losing his Senators job because he was a convicted criminal at the time the last federal election was held. The conviction, for the theft of a car key, was ultimately quashed and the High Court of Australia will decide soon Culleton’s eligibility. Whatever happens in the High Court Senator Culleton is likely living on borrowed time as bad debts almost certainly mean he will be a bankrupt soon and ineligible to be a Senator.
It seems to be a matter of when, not if, Senator Rod Culleton goes and when he does go people will reflect on how Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party treated him. As it currently stands the One Nation Party will be in damage control on a major scale when Culleton leaves.
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