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AAP through Mercury: Senator Cory Bernadi behaving ‘like an angry prostitute’, says Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie …  “Before I receive unfair criticism from the sex workers, I apologise to them profusely for comparing them to Senator Bernardi — I know that is a really terrible low-down thing to do,” she told parliament today. “Prostitutes are far more honest, sincere, humane, compassionate and better bang for buck than Senator Bernardi will ever be able to deliver.”…

• Luigi Brown in Comments: What we are seeing in Canberra at the moment is the result of Malcolm Turnbull’s desire to step away from the 24 hour media cycle.  He is notably absent from the trivial day-to-day nonsense that obsesses our mainstream TV and print media.  And good luck to him on that. But while it’s all quiet on the Malcolm front, the media must still be fed.  So Cory Bernardi has stepped into the vacuum and is now the de facto Liberal Party spokesman on just about everything.  And storm-in-a-teacup events - like Sam Dastyari getting his bills paid by the Chinese - drag on and on when they should just roll over and die in a day or two …

• Jack J in Comments: Mr Bernardi is a rower. So a good portion of his life has been spent with his back to the direction in which he travels, forbidden to turn around and look where he is going. Despite this he has tenaciously pulled at his oar with blind faith in his cox to set the course and yell instructions. He is a devoutly religious man and the church expects similar blind faith. One can truly say that Mr Bernardi is a man of remarkable consistency.

• Richard Kopf in Comments: So Sam overspent his allowances. Getting gratuities from the Chinese is a bad thing it seems. Yet on every trade mission, or junket our pollies go on, in China or elsewhere, we see them in great banquet halls gorging themselves or touring around in limousines. Do the hosts pass the hat around after these occasions?