The High Court has issued its reasons for refusing to allow Liberal Hollie Hughes to replace former Nationals senator Fiona Nash, saying she forfeited her opportunity by taking a government job.
Ms Hughes was nominated for the position after a special countback when Ms Nash lost her Senate seat due to her Scottish heritage.
Ms Hughes resigned from her position on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 45 minutes after the finding against Ms Nash.
Butthe court has found it was always a possibility Ms Hughes might be chosen to fill a vacancy, and by taking a government job in the meantime she lost her chance.
The High Court's judgment made no mention of how Ms Nash's seat should be filled.
More to come.