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One Nation Senator-elect's trial delayed

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016

One Nation Senator-elect Rod Culleton has succeeded in his second attempt at having a theft trial adjourned, allowing him to start his political career without having finalised the matter.

Culleton, a 52-year-old Williams farmer, is accused of stealing a $27,000 hire car from bank-appointed receivers who had begun foreclosure proceedings at a friend's farm - surrounding it with hay bales to stop them leaving.

Last month Magistrate Peter Malone rejected his bid to delay the trial after Culleton unsuccessfully argued he didn't have time to properly prepare before starting his parliamentary role.

Culleton was back in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, when magistrate Felicity Zempilas vacated next week's trial dates, adjourning the matter for a trial allocation on September 13.

His lawyer Gerald Yin argued he had not yet seen email evidence that the prosecution had only recently determined would be part of the trial and needed time to review them so he could properly prepare Culleton's defence.

The police prosecutor did not oppose Culleton's application, which he'd applied for himself in written form as he'd temporarily stopped using Mr Yin's services and planned to represent himself.

Ms Zempilas was unimpressed with the bundle of documents, saying it "bore absolutely no resemblance to an application for adjournment".

But Mr Yin was coincidentally in the same court and had just been hastily re-engaged by Culleton before they were called before the magistrate.

Ms Zempilas granted Culleton's request to be excused from appearing in person next month as he'll be in Canberra "but only if represented by counsel".

"I am instructed at this stage to continue representing him," Mr Yin said.

Culleton appeared frustrated as he waited more than two hours for his case to be called, asking for it to be heard as a priority.

He missed a flight to Queensland while he waited, while a supporter was admonished by security and briefly removed from the court for having a verbal altercation with the man seated next to him.

After Ms Zempilas granted both of Culleton's requests, he rose to speak but Mr Yin prevented him.

Earlier this month, Culleton had a larceny conviction in NSW annulled, but questions remain as to whether his legal matters disqualify him from being a parliamentarian.

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