It doesn’t get much tackier than Troy Buswell, who, at the time of writing, just resigned as the Treasurer of Western Australia.

Buswell is the poster boy for the dark side of Australian political behaviour: a chair sniffer (whatever that entails), a bra snapper and, as he acknowledged yesterday, a government Treasurer who dipped into the public purse to faciliate s-xual encounters with another member of the Western Australian parliament.

While it’s true that political leaders are entitled to private lives as long as they don’t conflict with their public duties, there is a point at which the behaviour of senior politicians should also be judged by something equally important in the context of their elevated position as role models.

It’s called decorum, and The Honourable Troy Buswell BEc, MLA, (former) Treasurer and Minister for Commerce, Science and Innovation, Housing and Works, doesn’t have a shred of it.

Buswell rightly exited because of a seedy $300 hotel bill, but let’s hope that an added bonus should be less press conferences called on anything related to bra snapping, squirrel gripping or writhing in “mock sexual pleasure”.

Peter Fray

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