Saville's Shout

May 5, 2014

Saville’s Shout: women in politics … jailbird advice … turning Japanese …

Who says women in politics are any more pure and ethical than the men? Plus a famous jailbird offering financial advice, and the art of isolation.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Women no purer in politics. The cause of women in politics suffered a few body blows last week after Liberal politicians Karen McNamara and Marie Ficarra gave evidence to the NSW Independent Commission Against Commission. Ficarra stepped down from the Liberal Party last Monday for allegedly falling foul of the rules prohibiting donations from property developers. Later in the week, McNamara, the federal member for Dobell, was in the box denying allegations she had committed “electoral fraud” while working on the 2011 state election campaign.

A witness had claimed on Thursday that while McNamara was managing the 2011 state election campaign of the member for Wyong, Darren Webber, she had instructed the donor to make out a cheque to the candidate rather than the party. McNamara has denied such an action, which, if proved, would be a breach of the Election Funding, Spending and Disclosures Act.

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  1. James Tierney

    Margot Saville’s comment in Crikey that ‘…the cause of women in politics suffered a few body blows…’ after two Libs gave evidence at ICAC last week is one of the silliest things on the internet today.
    Even putting aside the shoehorning of a single article on US politics into our very different political scene, the idea that the increased political representation of women was worth doing due to the automatic moral uplift that would result has all the salience of a 1940’s press release.
    Talk about straw suffragettes.

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