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Remember Fitzgerald? ‘Past lessons are haunting the PM of the present’

Paul Bongiorno writes in the New Daily (15.2.16) that recent ministerial scandals pose a threat to Malcolm Turnbull’s re-election.

‘There is a salutary lesson … for the present government.  The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows the crown is slipping and the self-harm with ministerial scandals and policy waffle is taking a toll. …

‘In Queensland in the 1980s, I witnessed first-hand the “white shoe” brigade buying off ministers and even a Premier for huge gains. The Fitzgerald Inquiry didn’t buy their argument: “What’s good for me is good for the state.”  Neither should we. Greater donation limitations and transparency are needed urgently to preserve the national interest from greedy vested interests.’

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