Liberal federal election candidate Robbie Beaton referred to AFP by the Australian Electoral Commission

Isaacs’s Liberal candidate, Robbie Beaton, has been referred to the Australian Federal Police by the Australian Electoral Commission to determine whether he provided a false address on his registration form.

Last week, Beaton said Age he lives in Camberwell, about 20km from the Bridge Hotel in Mordialloc, Victoria, which is the residence he gave to the AEC.

“The ACS is aware of recent comments made in the media by Mr. Beaton regarding his registered address,” the ACS said in a statement.

Liberal candidate Robbie Beaton has been referred to AFP. (Facebook/Robbie Beatton)

“Following Mr. Beaton’s nomination as a candidate for the 2022 federal election, we have reviewed the statements made on Mr. Beaton’s registration and nomination forms. There is concern that the information provided by him regarding his residential address in these forms is false.

“The AEC has referred this matter to AFP for investigation.”

The AEC also issued a statement today about another Victorian candidate.

Independent Despi O’Connor is seeking to fill Greg Hunt’s place in Flinders when the outgoing health minister retires from politics, but has suspended her campaign over concerns about her eligibility.

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On Wednesday, O’Connor issued a statement saying she may be barred from being elected to parliament as she is an employee of the Victorian Department of Education.

“I have been made aware of Section 44(vi) of the Australian Constitution. This provision states that ‘any person holding gainful office under the Crown… shall be incapable of being elected or sitting as a member of the House of Representatives’ “, says the statement.

“In practical terms, this means that because I am technically employed in the Victorian public school system, I am deemed to be benefiting from the Crown and may not be eligible to be elected or sit as a federal MP.”

Independent Candidate Despi O'Connor
Independent candidate Despi O’Connor. (Facebook/Despi Team)

O’Connor has been on unpaid leave for the past 18 months.

The AEC said that if O’Connor wins Flinders, his eligibility will have to be determined by the Disputed Returns Court.

“The election at Flinders Headquarters will proceed inclusive of all declared candidates and Ms. O’Connor’s name will appear on the ballot for the Flinders Division,” the AEC said in a statement.

“Ballots have been printed and distributed across the country for early voting to begin Monday and many mail-in voters have already received their vote-by-mail packets.

“If Ms. O’Connor is elected, her eligibility to serve as a member of Flinders must be determined by the Court of Disputed Returns.”

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