To summarise the second week back of parliament and all the latest developments in Australian politics we welcome back to the show the Unshackled’s Political Editor Michael Smyth.
The Wentworth by-election campaign is finally underway with the two main candidates emerging. Last week the Liberal Party preselected candidate former Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma who won out of a field of eight candidates and six rounds of voting. High profile independent Dr Kerryn Phelps announced her candidacy on Sunday pledging she could work constructively with the Government.
The Liberals lack of female MPs and allegations of bullying is still in the news with Ann Sudmalis now joining Julia Banks by saying she won’t contest the next election due to bullying. Sudmalis was the first to actually name a bully her state counterpart Gareth Ward. There is continued pressure for Liberals to adopt quotas for women and to have a complaints process for dealing with bullying.
A Royal Commission has been called into Aged Care in Australia in response to a two-part Four Corners investigation currently airing and repeated revelations of elder abuse in the media. Royal Commissions despite their flaws appear to be the only way to expose the dirty laundry of industries as we see government regulators repeatedly fail to pick up wrongdoing like has occured in banking industry.
The battle for the nationalist vote has heated up this week with Fraser Anning saying Safe Schools is designed by sexual deviants and commo perverts who would have been strung up in his day. Pauline Hanson after losing support for condemning Anning’s maiden speech moved a motion in the Senate to condemn anti-white racism and to say its okay to be white.