While the festive season has brought a spate of incidents involving Parliamentarians, their antics sadly go on all year round. Some MPs are definitely the gifts that keep on giving.

Up in the Sunshine state, Gold Coast MP Phil Gray has the frail, aged and media running for cover. The Member for Gaven threatened to sue two of his elderly constituents for voicing their opinion along with a local publisher if it reported his clangers. In a hopelessly inarticulate letter he told one of the women, a 74-year-old pensioner, she’ll face legal action if she doesn’t stop slights on his character that are ‘patiently’ untrue.