Mem­ber must ex­plain vote

Narrogin Observer - - News - OPIN­ION John Dob­son

Rick Wil­son owes his elec­torate an ex­pla­na­tion.

Vot­ing twice for failed lead­er­ship hope­ful Peter Dut­ton sits at odds with his elec­torate.

Mr Wil­son re­fused to pub­licly de­clare who he voted for, a con­cern­ing lack of trans­parency, given other Lib­eral MPs were hon­est enough to come for­ward.

The West Aus­tralian re­ported that Mr Wil­son backed Mr Dut­ton in both his failed lead­er­ship bids.

Mr Wil­son now sits in the outer, des­tined to stay on the back­bench.

It was a week that left Aus­tralian vot­ers rightly frus­trated and em­bar­rassed by the an­tics of the Lib­eral party.

A week wasted, not on pol­icy, but on sav­ing their own skins.

If Mr Wil­son and his party col­leagues ex­pect Aus­tralians to swal­low an ap­palling week in po­lit­i­cal war­mon­ger­ing, they can ex­pect to be turfed out at the next elec­tion. The party has treated vot­ers with con­tempt.

On Thurs­day, Mr Wil­son pub­licly de­clared his sup­port for Mr Turn­bull in this news­pa­per and 24 hours later he was one of 43 sig­na­tures Mr Dut­ton col­lected to force an­other spill.

Mr Wil­son should at least of­fer him­self for a me­dia in­ter­view.

He owes his elec­torate that.

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