The politics of treason

Michael Pascoe
Sydney Morning Herald

The absolute minimum requirement for becoming a member of parliament should be a willingness to put the interests of the nation ahead of self.

And on that basis, the Labor, Liberal and National Party members gracing those soft leather seats of Parliament House are failures.

There are many good people on both sides of politics, people who had fine motives when they took on the tedious business of party meetings, suffered the torment of pre-selection and doing whatever was required to win it, then placed their lives at the whim of the electorate, surrendering what most of us take for granted as normality. But collectively they have betrayed the nation they sought to serve.

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