Pauline Hanson

The tradition of senators working with the government is one that should be re-introduced, says Peter Reith in today's Age, a bonus news extra that comes with the daily wraparound ad produced by Fairfax. Well, I bet you think that, mate, I have no doubt. After all, it's not politics -- it's a tradition, like clog dancing. How could anyone deny a tradition? One suspects the part of the tradition Reith would like the best is where independent senators knuckle under meekly to whatever the government proposes and throw in a few amendments.

Of course Turnbull -- having set up a long election that does not flatter his skills -- might actually manage to throw the thing. If Labor squeaks in on a hung parliament, expect to start to hear a lot about states' rights, George Reid blah di blah.