Convicted drug trafficker and gangland widow Roberta Williams could appear on ballot papers at the next federal election despite being bankrupt and ineligible to run.
Ms Williams, 48, announced on Monday that she was entering politics as a candidate for the Australian People’s Party to run against Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in his seat of Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s west.
Her status as an undischarged bankrupt is likely to make her ineligible for the next federal election, which is expected in late 2018 or early 2019.
Despite this, the Australian Electoral Commission is powerless to stop her nomination.
The onus is not on the electoral commission to screen or …