In the Institute of Public Affairs weekly newsletter yesterday, James Bolt reported the free-market think tank had a successful election, with many of its members elected or re-elected:

“IPA members Senator Bob Day (Family First, SA) and Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP, NSW) have been re-elected to the Senate. Both Senator Day and Senator Leyonhjelm are two of the over a dozen senators committed to repealing section 18C. The IPA will be well represented in the Senate — watch returning Senator James Paterson explain on Sky News on Wednesday why we shouldn’t have a Treaty.”

We found the phrase “the IPA will be well represented in the Senate” an interesting choice of words — are these senators IPA members first, or representatives of their state first? Imagine if GetUp claimed that it was well-represented in the Senate. Will Eric Abetz and George Christensen be calling for an inquiry into the IPA soon?

Peter Fray

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