“So if the Senate choses to keep calling him a United Australia Party senator, then they can.”
Senator Ralph Babet (right) with UAP leader Craig Kelly (centre) UAP candidate for Bruce, Matt Babet. Credit: Matt Babet Facebook
Mr Bonham pointed out Mr Palmer, who is leader of the UAP, made a similar move in the past, and acknowledged there could be some “procedural burdens” linked to having a registered party he may be choosing to avoid.
“There’s a section of the Electoral Act that says when a party voluntarily deregisters you can’t register the same party name, or a name that is very similar to the same party name before the next election has passed,” Mr Bonham said.
Clive Palmer in front of a Palmer United Party banner. The party was later deregistered and then re-emerged as the United Australia Party.
Senator Babet was reportedly surprised when informed of the deregistration by the Sydney Morning Herald but later said he had known about the move done for “administrative reasons” but had forgotten about it.
SBS News has contacted Senator Babet’s office for comment.