Frydenberg is suing over $410,000 in legal debt


Former Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is heading to bankruptcy court for more than $400,0000 still owed to him in legal costs.

Mr Frydenberg filed for bankruptcy in February this year against Michael Staindl, the climate change campaigner who in 2020 challenged the then Liberal leader’s eligibility to sit in parliament.

Mr Staindl had questioned whether Mr Frydenberg was breaking the Australian constitution because he was entitled to Hungarian citizenship through his mother, who fled Europe after the Second World War.

In 2017, Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, Scott Ludlam, Larissa Waters and Malcolm Roberts were all found by the High Court to be subjects or citizens of foreign powers when they were nominated in the previous year’s Federal election.

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The Federal Court case against Mr. Frydenberg failed and Mr. Staindl was ordered to pay $410,000 of his local deputy’s court costs.

On May 25 of this year, just two days after formally conceding defeat at Kooyong to the independent Monique Ryan, Mr. Frydenberg’s lawyers filed for receivership against Mr. Staindl.

The case is due to be heard in Federal Court on June 30.


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