Electoral commission says funding does not need to repaid, even when candidates did not meet constitutional requirements

The Australian Electoral Commission says politicians disqualified by the high court are still entitled to the public funding they get from election campaigns.

With the citizenship fracas generating controversy on multiple fronts, the Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi is pursuing the AEC, arguing that candidates who were never validly elected to parliament, including Barnaby Joyce, should be forced to repay the public funding they were allocated in the last federal election.

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