It’s a sign of the strange political times when two of the most reviled characters in federal Parliament - Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson - try to mount a claim as the moral conscience of the parties they left.
Thomson let rip at Labor for adopting John Howard’s controversial plan to remove the Australian mainland from the migration zone - a policy it once blasted as shameful and xenophobic. Slipper accuses Liberals of dumping the sacred belief of deregulation and free enterprise over wheat export marketing for what he calls “naked politics”.
Of course, Slipper and Thomson can be “pure” only because they are outcasts caught in controversies that have ruined their political careers. They will not be MPs after the next election and remain relevant only because they each have a vital vote in the hung Parliament.
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