Labor launches legal bid against minister
Labor has launched a High Court challenge against a senior coalition MP’s eligibility to sit in parliament – a move that could threaten the Turnbull government’s wafer-thin majority.
David Gillespie, the assistant health minister and Nationals member for the NSW seat of Lyne, owns a suburban shopping complex in Port Macquarie.
One of the shops in the complex is an outlet of Australia Post, a government-owned corporation.
Labor has raised questions about the arrangement in the light of the High Court’s disqualification of former Family First senator Bob Day over an electorate office leasing deal with the government.
The ALP’s national executive decided to trigger the legal action at a meeting on Friday.
Labor’s candidate for the seat at the 2016 federal election, Peter Alley, has filed papers with the High Court.
Acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek believes Dr Gillespie has a conflict of interest.