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Victorian Liberals have been told to cancel Friday’s vote to expel controversial MP Moira Deeming or “risk a very messy legal dispute”.
On Tuesday, Liberal MP Richard Riordan wrote to Opposition Leader John Pesutto and the five MPs who put their names to the expulsion motion to advise them that the upcoming vote would be invalid.
Suspended Liberal MP Moira Deeming faces a vote to expel her on Friday, but a fellow party member says the vote would be invalid. Credit: Darrian Traynor
“As the member responsible for the reissuing of the parliamentary constitution to all elected members, I write to raise two issues that I think will force the cancellation of this Friday’s meeting, or risk a very messy legal dispute,” the member for Polwarth wrote.
“The notice of special meeting has no signatures. I have sought some independent legal advice … a motion of this gravity must still be signed by its proposers.
“The current notice of expulsion is therefore invalid. The constitution is quite clear, and the five proponents must reissue a compliant notice of expulsion with the requisite five clear days’ notice. Therefore, this Friday’s meeting should be cancelled as there is no valid motion to debate.”
Riordan is a Deeming supporter and pushed back against her expulsion in March.
The meeting on Friday is still expected to go ahead, according to a senior Liberal source speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal party matters.
Pesutto’s office has been contacted for comment.
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