In The Courier this week

Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie could have her electoral eligibility decided in the High Court next year after becoming caught up in the citizenship fiasco enveloping Federal politics.

Mayo mayhem

Melbourne lawyer Georgina Downer has not ruled out contesting her father’s former seat of Mayo, as sitting MP Rebekha Sharkie’s political future hangs in the balance.
Ms Sharkie’s eligibility to stand in last year’s election was called into question last week by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull because there was some doubt as to whether she was a dual UK citizen when she nominated.
The NXT Party member remains confident in her legal footing.
But she is unlikely to escape a High Court appearance, with a spokesperson from Mr Turnbull’s office yesterday revealing she would likely be referred to the court under a new Parliamentary process aimed at resolving Canberra’s escalating citizenship crisis.


Also in this week’s issue

  • Tragic holiday: A boy has died and three other family members were flown to hospital with serious injuries following a horrific crash at Kuitpo on Monday.
  • Fear factor: Monarto Zoo’s new mane attraction will bring visitors closer than ever before to one of the world’s fiercest predators.
  • Land sale: A reserve at Littlehampton will be sold, with the proceeds going towards the upgrading of another park in the area.
  • House sale: The former Inverbrackie Detention Centre is expected to welcome its first new residents before Christmas, after the site’s new owners completed refurbishments on several dwellings.
  • Stolen guns: A Mt Barker man has been charged after a property search by police uncovered stolen firearms.


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