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A Riverina man could potentially be owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the recently ousted members of Federal Parliament.
Wagga Wagga’s Richard Foley has officially filed a Writ of Summons against all five disqualified members, including former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Foley is set to sue them for each day they were in breach of the constitution.
“I filed a Writ of Summons and a statement of claim against the MP’s that have been disqualified. I filed that on the 11th of October in the High court in Canberra and that is under the common informer’s parliamentary disqualifications act,” he said.
According to the constitution, he could be owed money for each day the former members were ineligible to sit parliament over a 12-month period.
Speaking exclusively with 9NEWS, Mr Foley believes he could be up for $460,000.
“That’s up for contention in the court. It may be a significant fee it may not be,” he said.
It comes after the High Court ruled Mr Joyce and four other politicians had breached the constitution and are ineligible to sit in parliament because they were dual citizens when elected.
“These people have been making a lot of money and are very privileged and they shouldn’t be there,” Mr Foley said.
Having already served the five former members, Mr Foley expects to hear back in the coming days.
“I’ve served them via email, registered mail, personal service and at the moment I have some legal people looking at serving lawyers as well.”
Adamant it’s not about the money, Mr Foley said his simply keen to exercise his rights.
He hopes to teach the former members a lesson, while standing up for the everyday Australian.
“Sort of equating it to The Castle – the movie- I think it’s a bit funny a working-class person can come back and get something back in return.”
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