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Senate asked to praise Bob the builder

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

The Senate will be asked to pass a motion praising the efforts of Bob Day, who has resigned from parliament to deal with the fallout from his housing business collapse.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson will join Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm on Wednesday to call on the Senate to note Mr Day's 35 years in the building industry and commitment to assisting those who have been impacted by his Home Australia group's closure.

More than 200 customers have been left with incomplete homes following the liquidation of the group.

The motion notes all homes under construction are covered by insurance, which means any costs to complete them will be covered by insurers, not taxpayers.

It also noted Mr Day had agreed to sign personal guarantees, putting at risk his family home.

The issue of Mr Day's eligibility to run for parliament has been referred to the High Court, after evidence he may have received an indirect benefit from the government from the leasing of his Adelaide electorate office.

The result of the case will determine whether his Family First party gets to replace him or the seat could go to another party.

Meanwhile, Labor sought to step up pressure on the government over the lease, asking the prime minister on Tuesday when he first knew of potential problems.

Malcolm Turnbull told parliament it was first drawn to his chief of staff's attention on August 18.

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