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Civil case against Tony Abbott needs proper paperwork

THE One Nation party co-founder suing Opposition leader Tony Abbott has been sent back to the drawing board after failing to submit adequate court documents.

David Ettridge has launched civil action against Mr Abbott, who is accused of acting unlawfully in 1998 when he assisted litigation against Mr Ettridge's former party.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and Mr Ettridge were jailed for electoral fraud in 2003 but released months later after their convictions were quashed.

The pair was accused of pretending a list of 500 people used to register their party with the Queensland Electoral Commission were members.

Mr Ettridge's civil case was heard on Thursday in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

But it did not get very far with Justice Peter Applegarth ordering Mr Ettridge to amend and resubmit his originating application.

Justice Applegarth said Mr Ettridge had made a lot of serious allegations in his originating civil application.

He told Mr Ettridge he had to get legal advice.

"Quite frankly, you have not got to first base yet in complying with civil procedures," Justice Applegarth said.

Mr Ettridge has until June 6 to file an amended statement of claim.

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