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Senate should intervene in court: Culleton

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017

WA senator Rod Culleton wants the Senate to intervene in court cases that involve "unconscionable, fraudulent or criminal behaviour" towards victims like himself.

In a letter to his Senate colleagues on Friday, Senator Culleton says his personal experience in the Federal Court, along with the experiences of other Australians, shows state and federal courts are "dysfunctional".

"The Senate therefore has an urgent responsibility to assess specific cases that can form a basis to providing restitution ... for all similar cases of unconscionable, fraudulent or criminal behaviour," he writes.

The independent senator does not specifically refer to a scuffle with Anthony Fels, a former state Liberal MP and now a member of One Nation, outside the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday in his letter.

In that incident, Senator Culleton fell heavily when Mr Fels reportedly tried to serve him with a creditors petition over an alleged outstanding debt. Mr Culleton later said he was the victim of an attack.

Mr Culleton tells his Senate colleagues that he and others have been "accosted in various ways and in various courts".

The former One Nation senator says these experiences have exposed serious flaws in the administration of justice.

"We must ensure that justice is accessible to all, not just those with deep pockets," he says in the letter.

Mr Culleton believes the Senate should abolish costs orders, which he labelled as discriminatory and designed to "eliminate justice on the basis of income".

Given that "all levels of our courts have been found to be acting out of order", the senator says it's time for his colleagues to step in.

"It is now abundantly clear that the full Senate chamber must now take the responsibility and a duty of care on these issues," he says.

Senator Culleton, who quit One Nation last December, is involved in multiple court proceedings.

He was in court on Tuesday over a restraining order taken out against two men connected to Mr Fels.

The 52-year-old is also awaiting a High Court judgment on whether his election on July 2 was valid.

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