It is always instructive to listen carefully to politicians on their way out.
It is when they are at their most authentic, no longer fearful of a preselection challenge or of having their career advancement stalled or sabotaged for breaking the line and telling home truths.
Liberal MP Julia Banks’s announcement that she will quit and not stand for the marginal seat of Chisholm at the next federal election has hit the Liberal Party like a tonne of bricks.
It is the very definition of the so called “transactional cost” of changing prime minister.
The Liberal Party is learning, for a second time, that you don’t get to change a leader without painful consequences. It doesn’t work that way.
This is the ugly aftermath of a brutal and badly executed political assassination.
‘Bullying and intimidation’
Ms Banks’s statement has thrown the party into damage control because she has called out “bullying and intimidation” during the leadership week from hell which has deep and lasting ramifications for the Liberal Party brand, but also raises important questions around its treatment of women MPs.