Media Release

22 September 2016

Walsh: Daniel Andrews must allow full representation for Northern Victoria

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Daniel Andrews must allow full representation for Northern Victoria

Quotes attributable to Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh

The Victorian Supreme Court today handed down its decision in a case against Daniel Andrews after Labor prevented the swearing in of The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan.

The Supreme Court judgment found the court did not have the power to direct the Parliament to hold a joint sitting.

While we are disappointed the courts cannot assist further in resolving the matter, we don’t regret challenging Daniel Andrews because he is behaving like a bully and denying the people of Northern Victoria their full representation in parliament.

The Nationals stand up to bullies – it is why we have pursued all avenues available to us to see this joint sitting held.

The judgment does not change Daniel Andrews’ obligation, as Premier and responsible Minister for the Constitution Act, to call for the joint sitting for Mr O’Sullivan’s swearing in.

The sudden resignation of Senator Stephen Conroy means there must be a joint sitting of the Victorian Parliament to appoint a new Senator.

The Liberal-Nationals Coalition welcomes the opportunity to swear Mr O’Sullivan into the Legislative Council and appoint Senator Conroy’s replacement at the earliest opportunity.

Enough is enough; the Government must now hold a joint sitting so Mr O’Sullivan can represent the people of Northern Victoria.

Quotes attributable to preselected Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan

It’s regrettable this matter has ended up in the Supreme Court, but Daniel Andrews has deprived the people of Northern Victoria their full representation for too long.

As the Premier and being responsible for upholding the Constitution, he must do the right thing and call a joint sitting of parliament.