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Senate clerk Richard Pye slams Liberal Party’s pre-signed resignation letter plan

A proposal by the WA Liberal Party to require election candidates to pre-sign letters of resignation that can later be used to force them to quit would likely be a contempt of Parliament, according to the clerk of the Senate.

Liberal Senator Dean Smith sought the advice of the Senate clerk Richard Pye after The West Australian earlier this week revealed the idea would be considered by the party’s powerful State Executive on Saturday.

A motion drafted by Tim Houweling, chair of the party’s constitutional and drafting committee, makes the suggestion as part of broader plan to introduce a form of performance management for State and Federal MPs.

It states that if the WA Liberal State Council finds an MP is “not a fit and proper person” then “a letter of resignation will be held in escrow and may be tendered if the person refuses to resign from Parliament”.

Senator Smith sent The West’s report to Mr Pye, who replied there were two issues with the proposal, the first being that “the tendering of such a letter to the Senate President would almost certainly be ineffective”.

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