It is now almost impossible to avoid the conclusion that using high office for personal gain is now a core value of Australia’s Liberal Party.
The recent record of failures of trust within that party is as great as in any current political party in the Westminster world.
There have not just been four or five isolated instances come to light in recent months — but between 40 and 50.
Only yesterday, we discovered Troy Buswell in Western Australia – the former Treasurer and Transport Minister – going straight into a job with a company involved with major road construction simply stinks to high heaven.
Buswell has sat in on state cabinet meetings for the last six years, made contacts at the highest level across Australia and beyond in those two portfolio areas. He will have an enormous amount of privileged information relevant to the future of transport in the West not available to others.