Let’s assume three things. The Turnbull government goes the limit and …

Comment on Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament? by Hal Duell.

Let’s assume three things.
The Turnbull government goes the limit and has an election in November, 2019. (If a week is a long a time in politics, 18 months is off the charts.)
Being a councillor in Alice does not qualify as an office of profit under the Crown. (If a mayor and councillor in Tasmania doesn’t, how could a different standard apply in the NT?)
Jacinta defeats Warren. (I still think that’s a big ask as winning his elections is just about all Warren has ever done, and he has consistently done that very well.)
So now we’re looking at Jacinta winning a Federal seat in November, 2019.
Before resigning from Council, she seeks legal advice to determine if she can hold down both jobs. This takes us into December after Council has risen for the summer break.
Council reconvenes at the end of January, 2020. At the request of Council, Jacinta asks for another month to realise her accumulated leave and to further consider her position. Having done so, she resigns from Council in February, 2020.
That takes us into the 18 month cut-off for a by-election, hence no by-election needed.
End of drama.

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Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament?
@ Erwin: True, but here’s the thing. I have never expected Cr Price to serve out this four year term of Council. Surprise me by all means, but surprise me you will.
Am I bothered by this? If she resigns to take Yamba to Las Vegas, that would be one thing. But if she resigns to take her message of family responsibility to Canberra, that would be another.


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