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'On weirdness, Mr Speaker': Parliament's bad magic

Jenna Price
By Jenna Price
Updated August 5 2021 - 10:51am, first published 10:50am
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce holds court in question time on Wednesday, prompting the Opposition Leader to raise a point of order "on weirdness". Picture: ABC

Bad magic happens when ordinary men and women become politicians. When they enter that glorious building, our modern Parliament House, sometimes - and with some people - common sense, good behaviour and decency desert them completely. Sometimes there are repercussions and sometimes there aren't.

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Jenna Price

Jenna Price is a Canberra Times columnist and a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.

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