Senator Joe Bullock was elected at the re-run Senate election in Western Australia on April 5, 2014.
The original Senate election of September 7, 2013 was declared void by the High Court, after the Australian Electoral Commission lost around 1400 ballot papers during a recount.
Having replaced Senator Louise Pratt in the first position on the ALP ticket, Bullock was the only successful ALP candidate. The ALP also failed to win a second seat in South Australia.
Bullock, 58, an official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association, was a controversial choice for preselection, especially after the publication of a tape of an address he made to the Dawson Society. [Read more...]