The hypocrisy of politicians is wonderful to behold. There was Labor in the House of Representatives this week attacking the Liberal-National government for having employees of ministers monitor the media to find information with which to embarrass their opponents.

The very same Labor Party which two decades ago, under the skilful direction of its amiable servant Colin Parks, turned such monitoring into an art form! Back in those days the government’s National Media Liaison Service so infuriated the Coalition with its effectiveness that it promised to immediately dismantle the so-called aNiMaLS propaganda machine immediately on gaining office.

And abolish the organisation a Coalition government duly did while not depriving itself of the benefits available to an incumbent of having staff paid to keep track of the public activities of the opposition in the run up to elections.