Holocaust denier Fredrick Toben fears being forced into bankruptcy will end his hope of running for federal parliament.
Mr Toben appeared in the Federal Court in Adelaide today trying to oppose a bankruptcy motion against him by former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Jeremy Jones.|
Mr Jones wants to enforce a claim for $56,000 in court costs after successfully suing Mr Mr Toben for defamation for publishing anti-semitic material on his Adelaide Institute website.
Mr Toben’s barrister John Walsh said his client’s former lawyers had failed to respond to the bankruptcy claim within the 21 days required.
He told Justice Anthony Besanko that giving Mr Toben a chance to oppose the motion was a matter of justice.
“It’s not that he’s trying to avoid paying the money, he simply does not want to be declared bankrupt,” he said.
“He wishes to stand for parliament, at the next federal election, which he cannot do as a bankrupt.”
Justice Besanko said the costs had already been “significantly” reduced and there was no evidence before him that would be grounds to challenge the sum of $56,000.
He will rule on Monday whether to grant Mr Toben an adjournment to seek evidence that might support his claim. (Via AAP)
Outside court, Mr Toben was surrounded by a media pack and paused to hold an improptu press conference. Asked whether he would pay up to avoid bankrupcy he said, “What bankrupcy?”
“Yours. The one the court has just discussed,” a journalist replied.
Mr Toben replied, ”What court? On another matter – I have a handful of magic beans for sale. Anyone interested?”