Law-break­ers are usu­ally pun­ished

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial - – Trevor Dud­geon, The Gap, Qld

Can some­body please ex­plain why the politi­cians re­cently found to have bro­ken the law are not be­ing sub­jected to le­gal ac­tion and are be­ing al­lowed to seek – in the case of Barn­aby Joyce – re-elec­tion to the lower house of par­lia­ment via a by­elec­tion? This smacks of one law for some and an­other law for oth­ers. If I break the law, surely I should ex­pect some form of penalty and, de­pend­ing on the se­ri­ous­ness of the crime, find my­self in­el­i­gi­ble to seek elec­tion to the Aus­tralian par­lia­ment. If my un­der­stand­ing of the law is in­cor­rect, I would ap­pre­ci­ate ad­vice as to my mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

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