The Australian Electoral Commission has dropped a case against former far-right senator, Fraser Anning, because it has been unable to locate him.
In November the AEC brought an action seeking a penalty of up to $26,640 against Anning in the federal court for his alleged failure to lodge an annual financial return for the 2018-19 financial year, as required under electoral law.
On 16 February, the federal court granted leave to discontinue the case against Anning. An AEC spokesperson told Guardian Australia there was a comprehensive search undertaken to locate Mr Anning in Australia but when this failed the AEC asked the court to discontinue the proceedings.
As Mr Anning was unable to be located, is believed to be overseas, and has not resp…